Title

Designing with: A homeopoietic ethic for organizational change

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2004

Abstract

Banathy (1996) states that it is ethical to design with others rather than for them. In this essay I explore the distinction from the perspective of complexity science and adopt the view, at least metaphorically, that human individuals and groups are complex creative systems, which under some conditions will self-organize. I argue that such phenomena are not truly autopoietic, but subject to the influence of their systemic environment, which in human terms may include respectful, caring others. Creating with can be called homeopoietic action and is a primary ethic for evolutionary guidance in many contexts and at many levels. The focus here is on change in organizations. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publication Name

Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Volume Number

21

First Page

219

Last Page

226

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1002/sres.617

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