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Improvisation – An emergence theory perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. (Industriell Teknik)
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan.
2015 (English)In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The paper addresses the occurrence of improvisation and intuition within dynamic business environments from an emergence theory perspective. As argued, the dynamics of the so-called red queen principle forces competition towards the verge of the manageable, making improvised and intuitive action and decision-making not a shortcoming but a necessity in a successful business context. Particularly, the paper discusses how we may interpret the highly rationalistic acts and outcomes of planning and plans in such chaotic and uncertain contexts. We draw upon a longitudinal study of large industrial project deliveries incorporating more than 25 such deliveries.

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2015. 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
projects, management, improvisation, emergence
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Social Sciences Economics and Business Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267825DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2015.1021801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267825DiVA: diva2:874473
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-27

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