"Sustainable development: Paradoxes, misunderstandings and learning organizations"

"Purpose: Sustainability is, in itself, the idea of a harmonic answer to the dual nature of the most pressing problem for global society. Most of the problems dealing with sustainability concern its dual and contradictory nature. That paradoxical reality is in no way a unique feature of sustain...

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Autor Principal: "Ramirez, Gabriel A."
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Lenguaje:Inglés (English)
Publicado: 2012
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Acceso en línea:https://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/22514
https://doi.org/10.1108/09696471211190365
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spelling ir-10336-225142020-06-03T22:15:04Z "Sustainable development: Paradoxes, misunderstandings and learning organizations" "Ramirez, Gabriel A." Complexity Managerial cybernetics Organizational learning Organizations Paradoxes Sustainability Sustainable development "Purpose: Sustainability is, in itself, the idea of a harmonic answer to the dual nature of the most pressing problem for global society. Most of the problems dealing with sustainability concern its dual and contradictory nature. That paradoxical reality is in no way a unique feature of sustainability; its universal pervasiveness is demonstrated by the attention that Western and Eastern philosophies have given to it. This paper seeks to describe paradoxes that arise in managerial and organizational learning processes and proposes a taxonomy. It pays special attention to the central paradox of ""complexifying"" and to reductionism-holism in science. Design/methodology/approach: The work is based on the theories of organizational learning and managerial cybernetics, under the paradox view of management. Findings: The study shows the relevance of the paradox view to management understanding of the complexity of sustainability, its controversial nature; and how the latter relates to epistemology and to the complementarity of analytical and synthetics methods in research and science. It also demonstrates that, at organizational levels, harnessing tensions that emerge from natural paradoxical situations enhances sustainable oriented decision-making. Research limitations/implications: The paper builds a bridge toward scientific communities that, working on sustainability and/or complexity, are unaware of the important contribution of cybernetics, especially Ashby's work and the VSM's relevance to the examination of complex societal issues. Practical implications: The paper provides a platform to enquire on the implications of societal learning on sustainability, and on de facto global digital networks emerging from over ideologized constituents that, in the name of the greenness of the environment and of a just society, fail to see how rapidly global society is positively changing after the dark years of the Cold War. Originality/value: The paper reviews current developments on the paradox view of management, and proposes a taxonomy of paradoxes based on managerial cybernetics and organizational learning. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited." 2012 2020-05-25T23:56:46Z info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 9696474 https://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/22514 https://doi.org/10.1108/09696471211190365 eng info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess application/pdf instname:Universidad del Rosario reponame:Repositorio Institucional EdocUR
institution EdocUR - Universidad del Rosario
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language Inglés (English)
topic Complexity
Managerial cybernetics
Organizational learning
Organizations
Paradoxes
Sustainability
Sustainable development
spellingShingle Complexity
Managerial cybernetics
Organizational learning
Organizations
Paradoxes
Sustainability
Sustainable development
"Ramirez, Gabriel A."
"Sustainable development: Paradoxes, misunderstandings and learning organizations"
description "Purpose: Sustainability is, in itself, the idea of a harmonic answer to the dual nature of the most pressing problem for global society. Most of the problems dealing with sustainability concern its dual and contradictory nature. That paradoxical reality is in no way a unique feature of sustainability; its universal pervasiveness is demonstrated by the attention that Western and Eastern philosophies have given to it. This paper seeks to describe paradoxes that arise in managerial and organizational learning processes and proposes a taxonomy. It pays special attention to the central paradox of ""complexifying"" and to reductionism-holism in science. Design/methodology/approach: The work is based on the theories of organizational learning and managerial cybernetics, under the paradox view of management. Findings: The study shows the relevance of the paradox view to management understanding of the complexity of sustainability, its controversial nature; and how the latter relates to epistemology and to the complementarity of analytical and synthetics methods in research and science. It also demonstrates that, at organizational levels, harnessing tensions that emerge from natural paradoxical situations enhances sustainable oriented decision-making. Research limitations/implications: The paper builds a bridge toward scientific communities that, working on sustainability and/or complexity, are unaware of the important contribution of cybernetics, especially Ashby's work and the VSM's relevance to the examination of complex societal issues. Practical implications: The paper provides a platform to enquire on the implications of societal learning on sustainability, and on de facto global digital networks emerging from over ideologized constituents that, in the name of the greenness of the environment and of a just society, fail to see how rapidly global society is positively changing after the dark years of the Cold War. Originality/value: The paper reviews current developments on the paradox view of management, and proposes a taxonomy of paradoxes based on managerial cybernetics and organizational learning. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited."
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