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Theoretical References of Organisational Dynamics

The theoretical references, which we use in this representation of organisational dynamics, are far reaching, and, at the same time, require a focus.

Our starting point is Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory. This meta-theoretical presentation is, therefore, closely linked to his publications and those of his pupils. On the other hand, organisations cannot be understood without the tradition of classical business-economical organisational theories, the organisational sociology, history and psychology. The ‘peripheral sciences’ play a role too, such as epistemology and cognitive science theories, cybernetics, conflict research, church history and the game theories of mathematics.

Finally, the findings from 25 years of consultancy work in organisations of all kinds (corporations, SME’s, public enterprises, NGO’s, start-ups, personal service companies, network organisations, health service providers) feed into our meta-theoretical considerations. The oscillation between practical work which must prove itself with the customer, and the theoretical reflection, is a treasure which cannot be sufficiently appreciated.

Thoughts, which must prove themselves in the deed, and deeds which must be thought about, form a type of circular dance. The beauty of this dance must be judged by others.