An antagonistic dialogue about chaordic systems thinking: part II

Toni Wäfler (University of Applied Sciences Solothurn, Nordwestern Switzerland, Olten, Switzerland)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Publication date: 1 December 2004


This paper is a continuation of the antagonistic dialogue about the differences of chaordic systems thinking (CST) and socio‐technical systems design (STS). In this second part of the conversation a concrete example is used to illustrate the added value provided by CST. Whereas STS focuses on an organization's surface by designing processes and structures, CST aims at a developed mind and hence at the capability to reflect and understand. It is assumed that consciousness is the basis for the emergence of real organizational novelty, and thus, a prerequisite for viability.



Wäfler, T. (2004), "An antagonistic dialogue about chaordic systems thinking: part II", The Learning Organization, Vol. 11 No. 6, pp. 458-465.

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