Organizational values as 'attractors of chaos': an emerging supply chain management change designed to overcome organizational complexity

Title
Organizational values as 'attractors of chaos': an emerging supply chain management change designed to overcome organizational complexity
Authors
Guojun Ji; Yan Zhou
Keywords
logistics, attractors, chaos
Issue Date
2004
Publisher
인하대학교 정석물류통상연구원
Series/Report no.
Journal of international logistics and tradevol.2 no.169-84 pp.
Abstract
This paper considers supply chain management organizations with the aid of
'chaotic systems theory' developed originally in physics and mathematics. Since
innovations in supply chain management are vital for organizational survival
'complex systems theory' may assist in fine-tuning managerial philosophies that
provide stability in supply chain management because it is on the boundary of
chaos that the greatest innovational creativity occurs. Neither 'management by
rigid objectives'(MBO) nor 'management by instruction'(MBI)will be suitable for
the information society of the twenty-first century because chaotic social systems
will no longer be effectively managed. However, the capacity for self-organization
will be derived essentially from how supply chain management members accepts a
shared set of values or principles for action-'management by values'(MBC).
Complex systems theory deals with systems that show complex structures in time or
space, often hiding simple deterministic rules. This theory holds that once these
rules are found, it is possible to make effective predictions and even to control the
apparent complexity. The state of chaos that self-organizes is attributable to the
apprearance of the 'stange attractor' and provides the ideal basis for creativity and
innovation in the twenty-first centry. In the self-organized state of chaos, social
members are not confined to narrow roles and gradually develop their capacity for
differatiation and relationships, growing progressively towards their maximum
potential contributation to the efficiency of the organization. In this meaning, values
act as organizers of 'attractors' of disorder, which, in the theory of chaos, are
systems reprensented by usually regular geometric configurations that predict the
long-term behavior of complex systems. In supply chain management organizations
(as in all kinds of social systems)the initial principles end up as the final principles
in the long term. An attractor is a model representation of the behavioral results of
the system; it simply depicts where the system in heading based on its rules of
motion. In supply chain management organizations that cultivate or shares values
of autonomy, responsibility, independence, innovation, creativity, and proactivity,
the risk of short-term chaos is mitigated by external comlexities that organizations
are currently confronting. The strategy is to alter the supply chain management's
surroundins so that they can benefit from management by values(MBV).
URI
http://dspace.inha.ac.kr/handle/10505/660
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