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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 go
  • 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

Then got involved in Beyond Methods, with 21 contributions, no systems thinkers except for Gerry Sussman

  • Gerry Sussman may have introduced Gareth to Eric

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

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

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.

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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