From Management Education to Civic Reconstruction: The Emerging Ecology of Organizations

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THE ORGANIZATION

When Efthymios (Makis) Warlamis came to Austria from Greece more than thirty years ago, with only a small suitcase in his hand to pursue his architectural studies, he could hardly have foreseen what he and his Austrian wife Heide would create over that period. Starting out in an architect's studio in Vienna in the early eighties, Warlamis teamed up with his wife, who had studied painting, sculpture and pottery. Together with two other colleagues they opened up a pottery workshop in Vienna's first ceramics gallery. The first exhibition in Hamburg was a great success. The Japanese were particularly impressed by the black and white lines.

Although Heide had never been in business before, she took it for granted that she would need to export their products. Many of her ideas emerged from of the necessity of making money. At the same time she and her fellow artists established an artists' collective.

Makis, meanwhile, also a painter, musician and sculptor, besides being an architect, had dedicated himself to the cause of children, with a passionate desire to build Cities for Children, rather than adult wastelands. 'We must in some way give back to the children what we have taken from them.' Makis is currently designing Europe's first children's city. Over the course of the last decade, he has also been putting together an exhibition on the theme of Alexander the Great, first shown in Thessaloniki in 1997, including some 1,000 portraits of Alexander. The exhibition was to be taken on to Egypt, India and China, places where Alexander had lived and fought.

Thirteen years ago the Warlamises couple and their closeknit team decided to move from Vienna to the Waldviertel, 140 miles to the north-west, where they bought a small farm and converted the living space into a manufacturing centre. Living together at close quarters, they anticipated, would promote productivity and creativity. Eight years later this artists' collective took over an old glove factory in Schrems and converted it into a design centre. 'Our design makes use of the physical and cultural resources of a region, and overcomes the gap between art and people, without reducing

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From Management Education to Civic Reconstruction: The Emerging Ecology of Organizations
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Tables x
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • 1 - Knowledge Creating Ecology 3
  • 2 - From Business School to Learning Society 20
  • 3 - Organizational Ecology 41
  • 4 - Ordinary and Extraordinary Management 67
  • 5 - Work and Soul 90
  • 6 - Towards the Individualized Corporation 101
  • 7 - From Crisis to Awakening 122
  • 8 - The Age of Business Ecosystems 144
  • 9 - The Stories We Are 161
  • 10 - The Development Spectrum 173
  • 11 - Information Space 187
  • 12 - Spiral Dynamics 201
  • 13 - Freeing Up Societies 221
  • 14 - Communities at Peace 240
  • 15 - Enhancing Life Through Water 264
  • 16 - Sustainable Development 289
  • 17 - Entering the Catalytic Zone 311
  • Index 333
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