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Dynamic poise ‐ part 1: a new style of management

John Darwin (Subject Leader in Strategic Management at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 September 1996



Outlines an approach to management which questions conventional rationality, and suggests that dynamic capability in organizations needs to be based on new thinking drawn from science, logic and ideas drawn from cultures beyond the Anglo‐Saxon. Begins by exploring the modern paradigm on which much management theory is based. This paradigm sees the organization as a machine, and the role of the manager as controller. Traces the origins of this approach to scientific thinking which is now outdated, and proposes an alternative ‐ the wisdom paradigm. Stresses that this is not “either‐or” ‐ the wisdom paradigm does not replace the modern paradigm ‐ it expands management thinking and suggests principles more attuned to managing in uncertainty. Develops these principles in a second article.



Darwin, J. (1996), "Dynamic poise ‐ part 1: a new style of management", Career Development International, Vol. 1 No. 5, pp. 21-25.




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