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The Enlightened Organization by Catherine Berney

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09

The context

Working from the outside in

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. ANAIS NIN

In the last chapter we looked at the nature of the organization from within and how it could be useful to view an organization in terms of a system with subsystems and a boundary differentiating it from its environment and other systems – the boundary being the point where transactions take place within and between subsystems and between the organization and its surrounding environment.

This led to thinking about the organization in terms of its whole and its parts, how each can mirror and reflect the other and how this distinction can help us, in a practical way, with frameworks that are designed to handle questions of meaning and taking ...

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