Talk:Chaos theory in organizational development

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Did some cleanup on this -- the third section, self-similarity, is actually missing. The original author listed three things and talked about two of them, not sure whether the third should be removed or not. I also have some concerns about whether this is original research, based on the tone and the first-person statements (call me suspicious but I suspect the author of being a management consultant specializing in the application of chaos theory to organizational development!). --Bookgrrl 03:05, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

IP comment cut out of article (not my comment): EDIT: I dont know how to clean this up and require some help, but there are a couple of mistakes in this. First of all chaos theory isn't quantum physics. Secondly quantum effects are not irrational, nor can they be said to be rational, its simply a bad choice of wording. Last but not least the "parallels" between organizations and quantum theory arent as methaphoric as the author puts them Schroep (talk) 12:13, 11 June 2010 (UTC)


Some of this article looks awfully like nonsense. In organizational development, chaos theory is a subset of more general chaos theory that incorporates principles of quantum mechanics and presents them in a complex systems environment is almost certainly nonsense, as is magnifying the interactional effects of primates and waves to reflect the interactions of different elements making up a complex system, such as an organization, assists us in seeing parallels between chaos theory and organizational relationships and variation is the natural state of social forms which take the geometry of a torus. Self-similarity means that while the behavior of any nonlinear natural or social system, including individuals, firms and entire societies, may be similar from day to day, year to year or generation to generation, no one embodiment in any given cycle or iteration of the behavior any given system is precisely like a previous embodiment. No it doesn't. I could go on ... Spectral sequence (talk) 06:10, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Copyright issue[edit]

This article appears to contain a number of passages from Amitabh Mehta (2009). Organisation Development: Principles, Process & Performance. Global India Publications. ISBN 9380228279.  In particular the whole of the sections Elements of organization and Applications and pitfalls are taken verbatim from pages 75 onwards. In fact, so is the whole of the section Background except for the puzzling change of the word "atom" to "chimp". Spectral sequence (talk) 18:15, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Based on what I can see, it looks like that book is actually violating the copyright of Wikipedia editors, by not attributing the text to them. If we look at versions of the article from 2007 or from 2008, i.e. from before the book was published, we can see the text that is in the book.
The "chimp" bit is obviously vandalism that was added later.
Yaris678 (talk) 12:11, 30 May 2016 (UTC)