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Leading changeA guide to whole systems working$
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Margaret Attwood

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344496

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.001.0001

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From organisations to networks

From organisations to networks

(p.143) Nine From organisations to networks
Leading change

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Policy Press

The whole systems approach differs from what has gone before in two main ways: by combining elements of practice from diverse fields, such as organisational design, strategy management, systems thinking, organisational and community development, and public and social policy; and by working in a new era of rapidly changing, boundaryless, joined-up organisations, networks, and communities of practice in a knowledge economy. This chapter argues that people need to put whole systems development in the context of the search for a new approach to organising and that the managed network is the appropriate organisational idea for ‘holding’ the whole system. It is the next stage beyond change architectures. The discussion also holds that industrial, commercial, and public service organisations are moving to networked forms to gain the advantages of flatness, reach, and flexibility.

Keywords:   whole systems development, public services, organisational design, strategy management, systems thinking, change architectures

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