Change and Crisis in Dialectical Thinking: On the Need to Think Again When Getting Involved with Change

Laske, Otto
October 2009
Integral Leadership Review;2009, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p1
Academic Journal
I explore the concepts of "change" and "crisis" in order to put issues important in the current recession into perspective from the point of view of Western dialecticism, including what we know empirically about adult cognitive development. Specifically, I detail the diffraction of dialectic into three moments and show that they need to be coordinated to grasp change in transformational systems. In conclusion, I briefly relate these thoughts to present organizational problems and leadership development programs. I make a case for teaching especially upper-echelon teams the use of dialectical thought forms. My main source is my recent book on dialectical thinking as an ingredient of achieving requisite organization in companies, entitled Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems (IDM Press, Medford, MA, USA, 2009).


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