Irreducible complexity: The Force in organisational life | the once-chosen path

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We want the world to be manageable, organisational life to be simple…

…so we can apply ‘best practices’. Or even complicated – so we can simulate, model, and plan. We want this so bad, we’re prepared to break everything that’s living and special about organisations to make it true.

But organisations are truly complex and unpredictable. There are:

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