Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization

Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization

Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization

Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization

Synopsis

This volume brings together the reflections of a diverse collection of organizational theorists and researchers on the implications of this new business model within their own areas of expertise. The book's goal is to inspire organizational scholars to develop a new theory and produce sound managerial advice for how to build and maintain a successful organization in a dynamic workplace. The chapters include a review of research literature with the highlights and citations that everybody working in a field must know, followed by how the research agenda is affected by the increasingly dynamic marketplace.

Excerpt

This volume is the result of the first event sponsored by Cornell University's Center for Leadership in Dynamic Organizations (CLDO). The Center's mission is to understand the unique form of leadership found in continuously changing, agile, dynamic organizations. Our goal is to be a catalyst, drawing the parties at the cutting edge of practice and research together. We hope to be a repository for the latest thinking and knowledge, and also work to actively promote organizational action, testing the limits of the new models and facilitating their application.

In March of 2001 we launched the CLDO with an event called Leadership Week. For 6 days we drew on the talents and expertise of faculty, corporate executives, and student leaders to examine the challenges of leadership in a rapidly changing and dynamic business environment. The week was divided into three components. The Corporate Conference focused on what innovative companies were doing to launch more agile and adaptive business models. The Graduate Business Conference brought together more than 150 MBA student leaders from 30 business schools to examine issues of 21st century leadership. Finally, and the focus of this volume, the Academic Symposium brought together more than 50 scholars from universities around the world to focus on the attributes and practices required for leaders in dynamic organizations.

From the very beginning the Academic Symposium—aptly titled “Understanding the Dynamic Organization”—was meant to be a learning experience for all involved. We began with a few assumptions to frame the conference. First, most organizations are faced with more external uncertainty than ever . . .

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