From organisations to networks

Margaret Attwood, Mike Pedler, Sue Pritchard and David Wilkinson

in Leading change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344496
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302674 | DOI:
From organisations to networks

Show Summary Details


The whole systems approach differs from what has gone before in two main ways: by combining elements of practice from diverse fields, such as organisational design, strategy management, systems thinking, organisational and community development, and public and social policy; and by working in a new era of rapidly changing, boundaryless, joined-up organisations, networks, and communities of practice in a knowledge economy. This chapter argues that people need to put whole systems development in the context of the search for a new approach to organising and that the managed network is the appropriate organisational idea for ‘holding’ the whole system. It is the next stage beyond change architectures. The discussion also holds that industrial, commercial, and public service organisations are moving to networked forms to gain the advantages of flatness, reach, and flexibility.

Keywords: whole systems development; public services; organisational design; strategy management; systems thinking; change architectures

Chapter.  8428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.