Wheatley, Margaret J. (1994). Leadership and the New Science: Learning About Organization From an Orderly Universe. (EN-0034)
San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. ISBN: 1-881052-01-X (hardcover); 1-881052-44-3 (paperback)

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
How do you hold 100 tons of water in the air with no visible means of support? Wheatley answers this question (you build a cloud, of course) and many others, ranging from cutting-edge science to the new paradigm of 21st-century organizations, that are just as enigmatic. Using exciting breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, and especially quantum physics, Wheatley paints a brand-new picture of business management. Paradoxes abound in this far-reaching work that may confound many pragmatists. This new relationship between business and science is nothing less than an entirely new set of lenses through which to view our organizations, offering not a Newtonian but a quantum perspective. Hold onto the top of your head when you read this book. For larger public and academic libraries.
- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


From Library Journal
How do you hold 100 tons of water in the air with no visible means of support? Wheatley answers this question (you build a cloud, of course) and many others, ranging from cutting-edge science to the new paradigm of 21st-century organizations, that are just as enigmatic. Using exciting breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, and especially quantum physics, Wheatley paints a brand-new picture of business management. Paradoxes abound in this far-reaching work that may confound many pragmatists. This new relationship between business and science is nothing less than an entirely new set of lenses through which to view our organizations, offering not a Newtonian but a quantum perspective. Hold onto the top of your head when you read this book. For larger public and academic libraries.
- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Industry Week magazine survey by Tom Brown
"The Best Management Book of the Year"


James Autry, author of Love and Profit and Life and Work
"The best, most lucid thinking of any of the 'leadership' books to come out in the past few years."


Marjorie Kelly, Editor and Publisher, Business Ethics magazine
"An extraordinary book. The new physics is opening frontiers of knowledge that are among the most significant of this century. Applying these discoveries to management and leadership is extraordinarily eye-opening."


From AudioFile
Margaret Wheatley puts her own spin on the Golden Rule by borrowing metaphors from quantum physics, chaos theory and fractal geometry. She argues for the interconnectedness and continuity of nature and, hence, for the impact of our most trivial actions as human beings and leaders. The author reads with clarity and a flair for drama. Complex ideas are presented with the surprise and humor of the physicists who first uncovered them. These tapes are recommended for a concise, but comprehensive, overview of the thinking behind recent science and its implications on our quotidian affairs. J.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Book Description
Margaret Wheatley shows how the "New Science"-the revolutionary discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology that are overturning centuries-old models of science-provides powerful insights for transforming how we design, lead, and manage organizations.

Our understanding of the universe is being radically altered by the "New Science"-the revolutionary discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and evolutionary biology that are overturning the models of science that have dominated for centuries. Now, in this pioneering book, Margaret Wheatley shows how the new science provides equally powerful insights for changing the ways we design, lead, manage, and view organizations.

In a warm, inviting style, Margaret Wheatley takes readers on a mind-opening journey into the new science, and applies these concepts to shed new light on the fundamental issues of organizing work, people, and life.

Ingram
A mind-opening journey into the "new science"--the revolutionary discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and molecular biology. Wheatley applies these scientific concepts to the management of organizations and information, offering new insight on issues troubling people most: order and change, autonomy and control; structure and flexibility, planning and innovation.