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Phys. and Astro.; Colloquium: "Quantum Sustainable Organizing Theory..." - Dr. B. Dyck (UM)
Start Date: 2/17/2017Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 2/17/2017End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:
Quantum Sustainable Organizing Theory: A Study of Organization Theory as if Matter Mattered

Bruno Dyck
Asper School of Business
University of Manitoba


"Can quantum physics help to solve the socio-ecological crises facing humankind?"

The presentation will draw on quantum physics ideas of “entanglement” and “indeterminism” to introduce and develop “Quantum Sustainable Organizing Theory” (QSOT). Quantum entanglement points to the interconnectedness of matter in ways that defy Newtonian physics and commonsense assumptions that underlay conventional organizing theory. Quantum indeterminism suggests that uncertainty is an inherent feature of reality and not simply a lack of information that impedes rational decision making. Taken together, these quantum ideas challenge the assumptions of conventional organizational theorizing about the boundaries between a firm and its natural and social environment, the importance of self-interested individualism and (sociomaterial) financial measures of performance, the emphasis on competitiveness, and the hallmarks of rational theory and practice. Implications for sustainable organizing, organization theory, and for quantum physics will be discussed.

Coffee will be served prior to the talk, at 3:00 pm, in 316 Allen Building (Coffee Room).
Please join us for follow-up discussion, at 4:45 pm, in 316 Allen Building (Coffee Room).
Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Allen Building  (View Map)
30A Sifton Road
Winnipeg, MB
Room: 330

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