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A Teal organisation is an emerging organisational paradigm that advocates a level of consciousness including all previous world views within the operations of an organisation. The concept of Teal organisation refers to the next stage in the evolution of consciousness and was introduced in 2014 by Frederic Laloux in his book on Reinventing Organizations. It also rests on previous studies done by evolutionary and social psychologists including Jean Gebser, Clare W. Graves, Don Edward Beck, Chris Cowan and Ken Wilber who explored the stages of development and impact of human consciousness.
A Teal organisation transcends and integrates the existing limitations of current static organisational paradigms including Amber, Orange and Green organisations. It is characterized by three breakthroughs in human collaboration, specific to this evolutionary level:
- self-management suggests a system based on peer relationships with no need for hierarchy, consensus, nor central command and control;
- wholeness is about a consistent set of practices that invite members to reclaim their inner wholeness and bring on the workplace “all of who they are”;
- evolutionary purpose introduces a Teal organisation as a living organism with a direction of its own where its members are invited to listen and take note of the purpose it wants to serve.
These breakthroughs overcome the limitations of previous organisational models in that they welcome the emotional, intuitive, and spiritual elements in lieu of the usual display of rationality, determination and strength; and concealment of doubts or vulnerability. During its evolution, a Teal organisation exhibits properties similar to complex adaptive systems because the interactions and relationships between its elements are nonlinear and based on few simple rules or guiding principles. These elements learn from the past and their immediate environment and then adapt accordingly for the survival of the system.
A number of notable organisations around the world has adopted and operates on the Teal organisation model including The Morning Star Company (food processing, United States), Patagonia (apparel, United States), Sounds True (media, United States), AES (energy sector, international), Buurtzorg Nederland (health care, Netherlands), ESBZ (K–12 school, Germany), Heiligenfeld (mental health hospitals, Germany), Nucor (steel manufacturing, international).
- Alternative Theory of Organization and Management
- Holistic management
- Organizational culture
- Organization development
- Organizational theory
- Workers' self-management
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