Knowledge, Organization, and Management: Building on the Work of Max Boisot

Hardcover | July 13, 2013

EditorJohn Child, Martin Ihrig

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Max Boisot was one of the most original thinkers in management and organization studies. An independent scholar with an independent, enquiring, and innovative mind, his work ranged over a number of different areas from early attempts to understand contemporary developments in China to the roleof information in organizations, and later the management of Big Science.Yet, as this book shows, there was a central strand that ran through these apparently diverse areas, which was the attempt to understand the relationship between knowledge and information, and its organization - in firms, organizations, and societies - by means of the model Boisot developed, the"I-Space". Knowledge, Organization, and Management brings together key examples of Max Boisot's work into a single volume, setting these alongside original, extended commentaries and reflections by his academic collaborators. Structured under five core sections, it covers the main areas in which heforged new understandings: analyses of the Chinese system; organizational complexity; the strategic management of knowledge; knowledge in Big Science; and innovations in education. A further section includes six reflective essays by Boisot's collaborators.The book will be invaluable to organization and management scholars, students, and intellectually curious practitioners.

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Max Boisot was one of the most original thinkers in management and organization studies. An independent scholar with an independent, enquiring, and innovative mind, his work ranged over a number of different areas from early attempts to understand contemporary developments in China to the roleof information in organizations, and later ...

John Child is Emeritus Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the British Academy of Management. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy [FBA]. He has published 21 books and approximately 150 article...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:July 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Setting the stage1. Martin Ihrig and John Child: Max Boisot and the Dynamic Evolution of KnowledgeII. Analyses of the Chinese System2. Max Boisot and John Child: From Fiefs to Clans and Network Capitalism: Explaining China's Emerging Economic Order3. John Child: Analysis of the Chinese SystemIII. Organizational Complexity4. Max Boisot and Bill McKelvey: Extreme Outcomes, Connectivity, and Power Laws: Towards an Econophysics of Organization5. Bill McKelvey: Reflecting on Max Boisot s Ashby Space Applied to Complexity ManagementIV. The Strategic Management of Knowledge6. Max Boisot: The Creation and Sharing of Knowledge7. Martin Ihrig and Ian MacMillan: The Strategic Management of KnowledgeV. Knowledge in Big Science8. Max Boisot: Generating Knowledge in a Connected World: The Case of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN9. Agusti Canals: Knowledge in Big ScienceVI. Innovations in Education10. Max Boisot and Michel Fiol: Chinese Boxes and Learning Cubes: Action Learning in a Cross Cultural Context11. Dana Kaminstein and John Child: Innovations in EducationVII. Concluding Reflections12. Gordon Redding: The I-Space as a Key to History and to Culture13. JC Spender: The Three Phases of Max s Theorizing14. Marshall Meyer: Writing with Max Boisot15. Ron Sanchez: Remembering Max Boisot: Recollections of a Gifted Intellect at Work16. Markus Nordberg: I-Space and the Value of Basic Research17. Marzio Nessi: Boisot and the God Particle18. John Child and Martin Ihrig: Conclusion and Outlook