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-Gareth maintains a page at http://​www.imaginiz.com/​ 
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-Discussed at [[connections-20080226]] 
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-  * Graduate from the London School of Economics, became an accountant for 5 years working in public services in the UK 
-    * Then went to graduate school at University of Texas at Austin, learned about behavioral science 
-    * Then decided to become an academic, and got an appointment at Lancaster University in organization studies: ​ a position unqualifed, got the job, because looking for a person with a knowledge of local government, financial skills and organization studies 
-    * Was completed untrained in the field, and had to discover the field by self 
-    * Learned as he went 
-    * Influenced by Chris Argyris and humanistic psychologies,​ came across Burns & Stalker the management of innovation, which characterized mechanistic and organic models 
-    * Turbulent then needed organic 
-    * Case studies with grounded research 
-    * Then picked up some systems thinking, and other aspects of organizational management 
-    * Pivotal point, when Gibson Burrell joined as a young lecturer at the university, working on his Ph.D. 
-    * Collaboration: ​ Gibson brought sociology, and Gareth brought management, then wrote Sociological Paradigms, published 1979 
-    * This launched into the intersection of social philosophy and organization studies 
-    * Got interested in systems thinking as a foundation 
-    * Most of management wasn't based on systems thinking 
-    * Tavistock got drawn into the periphery 
-    * Was involved in trying to understand systems thinking, interpretive psychological approaches, Marxism: ​ became a quasi-philosopher,​ as much as an untrained accountant could 
-    * Eric read Sociological Paradigms, which drew Gareth into the Wharton program 
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-    * Then got involved in "​Beyond Methods",​ with 21 contributions,​ no systems thinkers except for Gerry Sussman 
-      * Gerry Sussman may have introduced Gareth to Eric 
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-  * Then an book on organizational symbolism, and then wrote Images of Organization,​ which included a chapter on flex and transformation 
-    * Rounded out with Maruyama second cybernetics,​ Club of Rome, Marxian dialect 
-    * 1986 
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-  * Moved to executive education, wrote Imaginization in 1993 
-    * The thesis of Images of Organization 
-    * Took the mode of metaphor into managerial styles, teamwork, organization consulting techniques 
-    * Tried to find new ways to create new theories of organizations,​ e.g. spider plant model as decentralized 
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-  * Got interested in managing change, now called emergent change programs (as opposed to planned change, Bennis) 
-    * Developed the 15% approach to change 
-    * Interested in how small changes can lead to large effects 
-    * Led to complexity science 
-    * 1986, went more into complexity and emergence 
-    * Did a lot of work with VHA (Voluntary Hospital Association),​ which became known as the Plexus Institute 
-    * Kurt Lindberg, who has spent last years introducing complexity science into health care 
-    * They'​ve brought people from Santa Fe Institute, e.g. John Holland, and management (Gareth) and practitioners (heads from hospitals) 
-    * Post-Action-Learning-Group,​ post York University, Gareth got aligned with them. 
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-  * 1997, birth of the Internet, Gareth has been writing for an Internet-based world 
-    * New Mindsets Project: ​ set up as an action learning project 
-    * To get it going, had to spin off from university and start a separate company 
-    * Have done projects in university, health care:  how to organize a self-oriented learning system 
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