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 +Gareth maintains a page at http://​​
 +Discussed at [[connections-20080226]]
 +  * Graduate from the London School of Economics, became an accountant for 5 years working in public services in the UK
 +    * Then went to graduate school at University of Texas at Austin, learned about behavioral science
 +    * Then decided to become an academic, and got an appointment at Lancaster University in organization studies: ​ a position unqualifed, got the job, because looking for a person with a knowledge of local government, financial skills and organization studies
 +    * Was completed untrained in the field, and had to discover the field by self
 +    * Learned as he went
 +    * Influenced by [[Chris Argyris]] and humanistic psychologies,​ came across [[Burns & Stalker]] the management of innovation, which characterized mechanistic and organic models
 +    * Turbulent then needed organic
 +    * Case studies with grounded research
 +    * Then picked up some systems thinking, and other aspects of organizational management
 +    * Pivotal point, when [[Gibson Burrell]] joined as a young lecturer at the university, working on his Ph.D.
 +    * Collaboration: ​ [[Gibson Burrell]] brought sociology, and [[Gareth Morgan]] brought management, then wrote "​Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis",​ published 1979
 +    * This launched into the intersection of social philosophy and organization studies
 +    * Got interested in systems thinking as a foundation
 +    * Most of management wasn't based on systems thinking
 +    * Tavistock got drawn into the periphery
 +    * Was involved in trying to understand systems thinking, interpretive psychological approaches, Marxism: ​ became a quasi-philosopher,​ as much as an untrained accountant could
 +    * [[Eric Trist]] read "​Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis",​ which drew Gareth into the Wharton program
 +    * Then got involved in "​Beyond Methods",​ with 21 contributions,​ no systems thinkers except for [[Gerry Sussman]]
 +      * [[Gerry Sussman]] may have introduced Gareth to [[Eric Trist]]
 +  * Then an book on organizational symbolism, and then wrote "​Images of Organization",​ which included a chapter on flex and transformation
 +    * Rounded out with Maruyama second cybernetics,​ Club of Rome, Marxian dialectic
 +    * 1986
 +  * Moved to executive education, wrote "​Imaginization"​ in 1993
 +    * The thesis of "​Images of Organization"​
 +    * Took the mode of metaphor into managerial styles, teamwork, organization consulting techniques
 +    * Tried to find new ways to create new theories of organizations,​ e.g. spider plant model as decentralized
 +  * Got interested in managing change, now called emergent change programs (as opposed to planned change, [[Warren Bennis]])
 +    * Developed the 15% approach to change
 +    * Interested in how small changes can lead to large effects
 +    * Led to complexity science
 +    * 1986, went more into complexity and emergence
 +    * Did a lot of work with VHA (Voluntary Hospital Association),​ which became known as the Plexus Institute
 +    * [[Kurt Lindberg]], who has spent last years introducing complexity science into health care
 +    * They'​ve brought people from Santa Fe Institute, e.g. [[John Holland]], and management (Gareth) and practitioners (heads from hospitals)
 +    * Post-Action-Learning-Group,​ post York University, Gareth got aligned with them.
 +  * 1997, birth of the Internet, Gareth has been writing for an Internet-based world
 +    * New Mindsets Project: ​ set up as an action learning project
 +    * To get it going, had to spin off from university and start a separate company
 +    * Have done projects in university, health care:  how to organize a self-oriented learning system