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Coherence and complexity: Ambiguity and (mis)understanding across management teams

Beech, P.N.H. and Burt, G. and Cairns, G. (2001) Coherence and complexity: Ambiguity and (mis)understanding across management teams. Strategic Change, 10 (1). pp. 23-35. ISSN 1086-1718

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Abstract

This paper examines the concept of cohesion, little discussed in management literature, and proposes the following: Management action derived from intent towards cohesion may mitigate against the development of organizational cohesion, in that apparent conflict between management intent and action inhibits understanding of organizational intent at senior and middle management level, with the result that the divisive response to the failed drive for unitary cohesion inhibits organizational learning.