In their paper “Fractals, stories, and the development of coherence in strategic logic,” Janice Black, Frances Fabian, and Kim Hinrichs explore key communication dynamics that drive the emergence of a coherent strategic logic in an organization. Using a longitudinal study of a non-profit organization in the health and caring industry, the authors use “fractals” as a metaphor for organizational processes that help to crystallize a clear, coherent, and well understood statement of an organization’s strategic logic. Their study also suggests how the mathematical rules that govern the iterative generation of fractals in nature can be applied to develop a “mathematics of social systems.” The authors’ analysis of strategy processes in the subject organization shows how the use of storytelling through internal organizational publications can contribute substantially to the emergence of a coherent strategic logic and supporting value system within an organization.
Sanchez, R. and Heene, A. (2005), "INTRODUCTION", Sanchez, R. and Heene, A. (Ed.) Competence Perspective on Managing Internal Process (Advances in Applied Business Strategy, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. XI-XVII. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-6826(04)07014-3Download as .RIS
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