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Fractals, Attractors and the Quantum Self: A New Lexicon for HRM

Tywoniak, Stephane & Whiteley, Alma (2006) Fractals, Attractors and the Quantum Self: A New Lexicon for HRM. In Academy of Management, August 11th -16th, Atlanta. (Unpublished)

Abstract

This conceptual paper investigates how the metaphorical use of concepts from complexity theory may impact the way we think about human resource management theory and practice. The concepts of fractal, strange attractor and quantum self, borrowed from complexity theory are presented. Fractal thinking allows self-similarity through the constants of initial conditions. The magnet-like properties of strange attractors allow selfreference in employees without the danger of going outside of the organization’s governing principles. The quantum self portrays the ‘both/and’ nature of rational and relational thinking. Ideas for placing core values as governing principles at the centre of a human resource model are presented. A design where structures, systems and processes meet the needs of self-referring people is outlined. The model is illustrated by the example of Toyota.

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ID Code: 6467
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: complexity, fractal, strange attractor, quantum self, human resource management Stephane Twyoniak
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:29

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