The Biology of Business

The Biology of Business

Decoding the Natural Laws of Enterprise

eBook - 1999
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Increasingly interconnected, volatile, and complex, today's organizations cannot be controlled by any conventional approach to management. Indeed, an entirely new definition of what it means to manage is called for. In The Biology of Business, John Clippinger and nine outstanding contributors introduce managers to the Complex Adaptive System (CAS) of management, a system that takes into account all of the variables that impact modern enterprises and allows managers to take control from the bottom up. Here, the authors show how McKinsey & Co., Capital One, and Optimark have employed CAS to achieve specific business goals and improve overall corporate fitness. And they bridge theory and practice to provide managers with proven tools and techniques they can use to transform their enterprises into self-renewing, self-organizing systems that are maximally responsive to changing market conditions and opportunities.

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Business executives, a lawyer, and a couple of academics explain the fundamentals of complex adaptive systems, an approach long used in evolutionary biology, economics, computer science, and the market to understand how complex systems behave and change. Then they explain how managers can apply it to companies and conglomerates that have become too unwieldy for traditional analysis techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass Publishers, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780585161907
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxii, 287 p.)
Additional Contributors: Clippinger, John Henry 1943-


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