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Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change: A Third Edition by Arielle Sullivan, Roland L. Sullivan, Jacqueline M. Stavros, William J. Rothwell

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GENERATING AND RESPONDING TO PATTERNS

In complex adaptive human systems, individuals and situations interact in interdependent, responsive, and adaptive ways. The degree of interdependence, both internal and external to the system, determines how responsive and adaptive the total system remains. Through this process of responding and adapting, the system finds its most productive and appropriate “fit” in a volatile and challenging landscape.

Defining Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS)

A CAS is a collection of semi-autonomous agents interacting in interdependent ways, such that their interactions create system-wide patterns. Those system-wide patterns, in turn, influence behaviors of agents in the system (Eoyang, 2001). Breaking this definition ...

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