Invisible Patterns: Ecology and Wisdom in Business and Profit

Invisible Patterns: Ecology and Wisdom in Business and Profit

Invisible Patterns: Ecology and Wisdom in Business and Profit

Invisible Patterns: Ecology and Wisdom in Business and Profit

Synopsis

Business and ecology, Hansen and Christensen assert, are bound together in ways few yet recognize. Ecology is the new megatrend, and no part of business and organization is left untouched by it. Ecology constitutes a new world view, applicable to everything from leadership and organizational change to strategic decisions on markets, products, and business ethics. This book prepares the reader for the ecological path, describing both theory and practical tools and giving real life examples.

Excerpt

Business managers today have to face more complex strategic choices than ever before. Their decision-making abilities are put to the test by internationalization, growing amounts of information, and the need for quicker decisions. At the same time, the consequences of the strategic choices are immediately visible in the reality of international competition. Both the access to new markets and the opportunities to make a profit are very good. This situation demands high ethical standards and an active choice of values on the part of the decision-makers. Both customers and the representatives of business and industry impose such demands. in this reality we need concepts and models that effectively help the decision-maker to catch the essential pattern hidden behind all the facts and details. We also need models that help us to sort our values and clarify our ethical basis for decisions.

In my work as a business manager, I have also met many internal challenges in connection with organization, motivation, and human resources management. That these areas could be enlightened by ecological theory, as the authors of this book showed me in 1989, surprised me at the time. This book makes perfectly clear that it is possible to use this theory as a basis for drawing specific conclusions and preparing guidelines for management in practice. the world has become more complex even within the individual enterprise. Demands regarding design of the work place, organization, and information processes are constantly increasing--managers have to consider the job satisfaction of their employees while still maintaining productivity at a competitive level. in fact, it is hardly possible to conceptualize the relation between people and their working environment without just this ecological perspective.

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