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The history of Herman Miller, Inc. and the nature of emergence: “Emergent all the way down”

Thomas J. Hench (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin‐La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 September 1999

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Abstract

This study examines the nature of emergent, self‐organizing systems in the context of the history of Herman Miller, Inc. This history informs our understanding of emergent systems on two levels: how the dynamic of emergent self‐organization informs our sense of the past; and how it informs our understanding of an emergent, self‐organizing future. This article also recounts a critical period in the development history of Herman Miller, Inc.

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Hench, T.J. (1999), "The history of Herman Miller, Inc. and the nature of emergence: “Emergent all the way down”", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 6, pp. 362-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552529910288145

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MCB UP Ltd

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