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Conference Presentation

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Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings


the Americas in Knoxville, TN

Conference Dates

February 24-28, 2010

Date of Presentation



As organizations increasingly recognize the shortcomings of scientific management approaches and traditional top-down approaches to change, there is an increasing openness to new lenses for understanding change. Chaos Theory, with its roots in the natural sciences, provides a holistic approach for understanding the dynamic and fluid nature of organizations. This paper provides a review of literature that outlines the origins and basic principles of Chaos Theory, applies the concepts to organizations, and connects the concept to human resource development.


In C. M. Graham (Ed.), published in Conference Proceedings

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