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Strategy without design: the silent efficacy of indirect action

Author: Chia, Robert C. H. ; Holt, RobinPublisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) 2009.Language: EnglishDescription: 248 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780521895507Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Strategy Without Design
The Silent Efficacy of
Indirect Action
Preface page ix
Introduction 1
Reaching for the ground 1
The dangers of deliberate planning 6
Take care of the pennies...: strategy from the 'bottom up' 10
Strategy through self-cultivation 12
The limits of designed strategic intervention 16
The world is not nice 20
Rediscovering strategy without design 22
1 Spontaneous order: the roots of strategy emergence 25
Heraclitus, Lao Tzu and the ever-changing world order 29
The Scottish Enlightenment 31
Bastiat and the seen/unseen orders 35
Carl Menger and the phenomenon of money 38
Friedrich Hayek and 'spontaneous order' 39
Open source 47
Complexity, emergence and self-organization 51
2 Economic agency and steps to ecological awareness 57
The observer and the observed 59
Agency and methodological individualism 60
Entitative thinking and the 'fallacy of misplaced
concreteness' 64
Economic agency 68
The dangers of decontextualized thinking 73
The credit crisis, 2008 79
The case of UBS 83
Towards 'system wisdom' 88
3 Reconceptualizing agency, self-interest and purposive action 91
Human agency revisited 96
True and false individualism 99
Forms of knowledge: episteme, technè and phronesis 105
From purposeful to purposive action 108
4 The 'practice turn' in strategy research 112
Henri Bergson and intuition 113
Duration, process and creativity 115
Process and practice in strategy research 118
Weak individualism and the primacy of social practices 122
The practice turn and the documenting
of strategy-in-practice 129
5 Building and dwelling: two ways of understanding
strategy 133
Building and dwelling 134
Engaging with the world 139
Dwelling and the Gothic sensibility 143
Heidegger revisited 150
Expressing thought 154
6 Strategy as `wayfinding' 159
Strategic positioning and navigation 160
Knowing as we go: mapping, map-making
and map-using 164
The Phillips machine 168
The active nature of perception 170
Graeme Obree: the case of a bricoleur 173
Wayfinding the Google way 179
7 The silent efficacy of indirect action 186
Direct and indirect approaches to strategy 186
The downsides of spectacular strategic interventions 190
Mètis as spontaneous indirect action 192
The strategy of indirectness 197
Towards a strategic blandness 201
Epilogue: Negative capability 209
Notes 213
Index 243

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