This is a post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” Other posts are here. The series is inspired by David Bohm’s and F. David Peat’s notion of “the order between and beyond”.1 Bohm and Peat write that “order influences perception, communication, and action”2 and that a change in order involves “a major perceptual shift”.3 My point is that we need a major perceptual shift in how we view and organize work. We need a new “overall paradigmatic framework.”4
An example from physics. It wasn’t until Einstein developed his theories of relativity that an “order beyond” Newton’s classical mechanics and Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory was found. And the challenge today is to find an order “beyond” Einstein’s theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. The “orders of both theories — quantum and general relativity — are entwined within each other in ways that are basically incompatible.”5 This means that “a deeper order is needed, one that contains the orders of both these theories as limiting cases.”6 In a similar way, we need to find a “deeper order” in how to organize work — an organizing “beyond” our traditional ways of organizing.
The questions we need to ask are:
1) What existing “orders” of organizing do we have today?
2) How are they entwined within each other in ways that are basically incompatible?
3) And what clues to a “deeper order,” or an organizing “beyond,” can we find in the answers to these questions?
1 David Bohm and F. David Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity (Routledge, 2010-09-01, first published 1987-10-01), p. 275.
3 Ibid., p. 276.
5 Ibid., p. 293.
6 Ibid., p. 294.
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