Eight paradoxical tensions of organizational improvisation

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By asking why is improvisation paradoxical, we explore the paradoxical side of improvisation, responding to the growing realization that organizations are comprised of complex, emergent qualities that limit the value of predictions based on past routines and data. In this chapter, we explore eight paradoxes of improvisation. Conceptualized as a paradox, improvisation is contradictory and diverse rather than an expression of pure impulsive reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Improvisation in Organizations
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000933796
ISBN (Print)9780367771126
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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