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dc.contributor.authorGilstrap, Donald L.
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-04T21:39:39Z
dc.date.available2013-12-04T21:39:39Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationGilstrap, Donald L. 2005. Strange attractors and human interaction: Leading complex organizations through the use of metaphors. -- Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education;v.2 no.1: pp.55-70en_US
dc.identifier.issn1710-5668
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/6951
dc.identifier.urihttp://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/complicity/article/view/8727/7047
dc.descriptionPublished in an open access peer reviewed journal that provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
dc.description.abstractThis article is intended to explore the theoretical background behind complexity science in management and leadership and provide ways to approach educational leadership research through the use of strange attractor metaphors. Historical and contemporary leadership strategies have incorporated modernistic models that sometimes perpetuate problematic aspects of educational management rather than provide progressive solutions. Several leadership researchers have shown, however, there is tremendous potential for the emergent properties of complexity theory in organizational dynamics. The recognition and utilization of strange attractors as metaphorical constructs of chaos theory also provide us with an elaboration of teaching and educational leadership theory. Strange attractors seem to exist metaphorically in many aspects of the organizational dynamics of our educational institutions. The use of metaphors in lived experience is described, the scientific background behind strange attractors is introduced, and connections are made between strange attractors and human interaction. Strange attractors are then metaphorically described in organizational settings as shared vision, team processes, and information flows used as positive feedback mechanisms.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Albertaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesComplicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education;v.2 no.1
dc.subjectComplexity scienceen_US
dc.subjectManagementen_US
dc.subjectLeadershipen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectOrganizational dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectMetaphoren_US
dc.subjectChaos theoryen_US
dc.titleStrange attractors and human interaction: Leading complex organizations through the use of metaphorsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionPeer reviewed


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