Generative Emergence: A New Discipline of Organizational, Entrepreneurial, and Social Innovation

Hardcover | August 4, 2014

byBenyamin B. Lichtenstein

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How do organizations become created? Entrepreneurship scholars have debated this question for decades, but only recently have they been able to gain insights into the non-linear dynamics that lead to organizational emergence, through the use of the complexity sciences. Written for socialscience researchers, Generative Emergence summarizes these literatures, including the first comprehensive review of each of the 15 complexity science disciplines. In doing so, the book makes a bold proposal for a discipline of Emergence, and explores one of its proposed fields, namely GenerativeEmergence. The book begins with a detailed summary of its underlying science, dissipative structures theory, and rigorously maps the processes of order creation discovered by that science to identify a 5-phase model of order creation in entrepreneurial ventures. The second half of the book presents thefindings from an experimental study that tested the model in four fast-growth ventures through a year-long, week-by-week longitudinal analysis of their processes, based on over 750 interviews and 1000 hours of on-site observation. These data, combined with reports from over a dozen other studies,confirm the dynamics of the 5-phase model in multiple contexts. By way of conclusion, the book explores how the model of Generative Emergence could be applied to enact emergence within and across organizations.

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How do organizations become created? Entrepreneurship scholars have debated this question for decades, but only recently have they been able to gain insights into the non-linear dynamics that lead to organizational emergence, through the use of the complexity sciences. Written for socialscience researchers, Generative Emergence summari...

Benyamin B. Lichtenstein, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a faculty member in the Organizations and Social Change group. His research specialty is the study of emergence, the creation and re-creation of new ventures, organizations, and collaborations; he also...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Why Emergence2. Prototypes of Emergence3. Methods for Studying Emergence - 15 Fields of Complexity Science4. Defining Emergence and Generative Emergence5. Types of Emergence Studies6. Dissipative Structures7. Applications to Organizations8. Introducing Dynamic States9. Outcomes of Generative Emergence10. Introducing the Five-Phase Process Model Of Generative Emergence11. Phase 2 - Stress and Experiments12. Phase 3 - Amplification and Critical Events13. Phase 4 - New Order through Recombination14. Phase 5 - Stabilizing Feedback15. Cycles of Emergence16. Cycles of Re-Emergence17. Boundaries of Emergence, and Beyond the Boundaries18. Enacting Emergence