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Glenda Eoyang
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Dr. Glenda Holladay Eoyang is recognized as a leading voice in the field of Human Systems Dynamics. Integrating chaos and complexity as applied to individual, group, and organizational systems, her pioneering work focuses on theory development, practice, and training. Since 1988 she has explored the frontiers of mathematics, philosophy of science, and information, physical, and social sciences to synthesize and map the complex adaptive dynamics of human systems. Through teaching, writing, and practicing her discoveries, she bridges the gap between concept and action, abstract and concrete, timeless and time-bound aspects of human interaction. Innovative theories make her applications powerful, and effectual applications make her theories practical. Her books include Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science with Ed Olson (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2001) and Coping with Chaos: Seven Simple Tools (Lagumo, 1997). Her articles are widely published; she has lectured and trained throughout North America. Dr. Eoyang works with a broad range of human systems including communities, government bureaucracies, business and industry, and educational institutions. Her current areas of interest include evaluation, leadership, and strategic planning in emergent environments.  

"You can’t suspend all assumptions, because without assumptions you can’t make meaning or take action. But, you can’t work well if all you have is assumptions. So hold assumptions lightly and in relationship with information that might emerge.”

 

Q & A with Glenda Eoyang

What questions are you most excited about exploring these days?
Glenda: How do we reinterpret the theory, models and methods of human systems dynamics in multiple cultures and languages?

What other research/researchers are you tracking?  
Glenda: Greg Jones at Georgia Tech is doing fascinating work in both empirical and theoretical agent-based models.

What do you think is the most promising idea/theory emerging from complexity science for making a difference in fulfilling Plexus' mission?
Glenda: Stretch and fold as a sustainabilty strategy

Links

Chaos Limited

Human Systems Dynamics Institute

A Brief Introduction to Complexity in Organizations

The Robin Hood Syndrome: Street Gangs as Complex Adaptive Systems

Crossing Borders: Globalization and Its Impact on Corporate Cultures Working Across Cultures: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective

Evaluation in a Complex Adaptive System

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