Reconciling Complexity Theory in Organizations and Christian Spirituality

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Dr. Eric Dent, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: The lenses of complexity theory have been trained on a variety of subjects in organizations, ranging from assembly lines to strategic planning. While this work has been going on, another group of researchers has been actively pursuing the study of workplace spirituality. No work has been published that endeavors to interrelate complexity theory with workplace spirituality, however. In fact, a striking feature of the complexity theory literature is an absence of consideration of spiritual dimensions or wisdom traditions. Complexity theory books and articles that reference the deep implications of the work subtly or overtly further the scientific tradition of negating religious traditions by alleging that these scientific findings provide additional evidence that certain religious traditions are not valid. Looking at the same evidence, however, I will suggest that many complexity theory philosophies and evidence strengthen, rather than weaken, the case for the existence of a supreme being and the religious traditions associated with such a belief.

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Emergence: Complexity and Organization 5.4
Language: English
Date: 2003
Management, Organizational Management, Complexity Theory, Workplace Spirituality

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