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Rick Davies

I have been looking for the original source for the Stacey matrix - where he first published it. Do you have any ideas?

Chris Rodgers

Hi Rick,

Ralph included the diagram in the second edition of his textbook, Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics, published in 1996. This diagram remains widely referenced and is popular with ‘complexity-aware’ consultants and managers alike. However, he now argues strongly against its use, for the reasons set out in the post. The content of this edition of the book predated his and his colleagues shift towards and understanding of organizational dynamics that they refer to as the complex responsive process of human interaction.

A used copy of this edition of the book is available at Abe Books: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22396098658

Cheers, Chris

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