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Towards an Integrative Pluralism

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Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory
By Mark Edwards
Price: $110.00 Add to Cart ISBN: 978-0-415-80173-7 Binding: Hardback Published by: Routledge
Publication Date:
15th August 2009 (Available for Pre-order) Pages: 256

About the Book
During the 21st century organizations will undergo a level of radical and global change that has rarely been seen before. This transformation will come as a result of the environmental, social and economic challenges that now confront organisations in all their activities. But are our understandings and theories of change up to the task of meeting these challenges? Will we be able to develop sustaining visions of how organizations might contribute to the long-term viability of our interdependent global communities? Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory offers some innovative answers to the big questions involved in organizational sustainability and the radical changes that organizations will need to undergo as we move into the third millennium. This new approach comes from the emerging field of integral metatheory.

Edwards shows how a "Big Picture" view of organisational transformation can contribute to our understanding of, and search for, organisational sustainability. There are four key themes to the book: i) the need for integrative metatheories for organisational change; ii) the development of a general research method for building metatheory; iii) the description of an integral metatheory for organisational sustainability; and iv) the discussion of the implications of this metatheory for organisational change and social policy regarding sustainability. This book brings a unique and important orienting perspective to these issues.

Table of Contents
Introduction - Towards an Integrative Pluralism; 1: The Need for Metatheory in the Study of Organisational Transformation; 2: Metatheoretical Domain and Definitions; 3: The View from Here and Here and ... ; 4: Stories of Transformation; 5: A General Method for Metatheory Building; 6: A Multiparadigm Review and Analysis of Theories of Organisational Transformation; 7: The Web of Relationships; 8: An Integral Metatheory for Organisational Transformation; 9: Implications and Evaluation; 10: Metatheory and the Crisis. About the Author(s)

Mark Edwards is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in developmental psychology and a PhD (awarded distinction) in organisation theory from the University of Western Australia. He has worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. He currently teaches business ethics at the Business School, University of Western Australia and metatheoretical studies at the John F. Kennedy University in California. His academic publications have been in the areas of futures studies, leadership, management and organisation theory and integral metatheory. © 2007 Routledge, member of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Business

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