Deborah Dougherty, professor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School, has recently published a book on an issue that is of key importance for practice-oriented scholars of strategy and strategy-making: emergence. Instead of trying to cope with or even control the emergence inevitable tied to any form of organizing in general and strategy-making in particular, Dogherty suggests to instead actively embrace emergence as an advantage in terms of its innovation potential. From the cover:
The thesis of this book is that we can grapple with complex innovation systems only by taking advantage of emergence. This book creates a theoretical framework of three new social technologies for taking advantage of emergence in infrastructures of complex innovation systems.
Check out the book “Taking Advantage of Emergence: Productively Innovating in Complex Innovation Systems” over at Oxford University Press.