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Birth of the Chaordic Age

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In Birth of the Chaordic Age, Dee Hock argues that traditional organizational forms can no longer work because organizations have become too complex. Hock advocates a new organizational form that he calls "chaordic, " or simultaneously chaotic and orderly. He credits the worldwide success of VISA with its chaordic structure -- it is owned by its member banks which both com ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Dec 31, 2008 Julene rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read! And it is about the invention of Visa Credit card by Dee Hock. He says, "Although Visa arose from thinking about organizations as living biological systems, I missed completely the need for an institutional immune system to thwart the viruses of old ways."
He is truly brilliant and I loved the drama it unfolded miracle by miracle, as well as his overview of his thinking about organizations. "...Chaordic organization is about releasing what people desire in the depth of
Mar 06, 2009 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All politically inclined people
I am only a couple chapters in but this book is amazing. It is written by the founder of visa and is extremely in tune with structured organizations as that was a part of his career. He has a keen understanding as to why we have the problems we have and why no one is doing anything helpful about it. Here is a direct quote "The nonmonetary exchange of value is the most effective, constructive system ever devised. Evolution and nature have been perfecting it for thousands of millenia. It requires ...more
Justin Simcock
Apr 25, 2014 Justin Simcock rated it it was amazing
Memoir and reflection on organizational life from the founder of Visa International. His views on organizational life were and still are ahead of their time. His views on money were and still are ahead of their time. Interesting insight into organizational performance and motivation.
Rodrigo Ramos
Sep 15, 2016 Rodrigo Ramos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rodrigo by: nelson ribeiro
Livro fantástico, com várias ideias originais que foram colocadas em prática durante os anos que ele passou na VISA.
O autor descreve com genialidade como são formadas as crenças das pessoas e por que é tão difícil mudá-las.
Ele também faz um decodificação magnífica da forma como a maioria das organizações pensa e funciona e como isso está prejudicando cada uma delas dia após dias, no que chama de "falência institucional". Destaque também para a visão sistêmica/orgânica que o autor tem da natureza
Apr 04, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This gave me insight into a new way of structuring organizations to optimize the talents and knowledge of its members/employees/stakeholders.
The journey is exhilarating to follow.
The only frustration as a practical book is that you cannot easily discern a method or process that you can apply to other organizations/companies.
Janne Asmala
Jun 13, 2009 Janne Asmala rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book grounded in practice from the founder of VISA, recounting his story of discovering more natural ways to organize human activity, interlaced with his philosophical pondering on how that might be possible. Right up there with Theory U, Synchronicity, and Presence on my must-read business/leadership books.
Apr 29, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
I liked that Dee Hocks wrote on several different tracks/levels and the one I enjoyed the most was actually his personal story. I'm generally not into business topics for recreational reading but the story of how VISA came to be was fascinating.
J.ed. Marston
Feb 07, 2009 J.ed. Marston rated it it was amazing
Part spiritual memoire, part management manual, part cookbook for the application of chaos theory in creating effective organizations. Dee Hock is the real deal. He led VISA in pioneering a new model for organizing and growing organizations.
Ron Davison
Jul 09, 2008 Ron Davison rated it it was amazing
No other person can claim to be the founding CEO of a trillion+ company. Dee Hock explains the border between order and chaos and how searching for principles from that intersection led him to define VISA and the modern credit card.
Jun 11, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Recommended to David by: Thomaks K Wentz
This book is similar to Dee Hock's other book "One from Many". If you are interested in understanding how we ought to be, then either of these books is a good read.
Oliver Thylmann
Apr 10, 2013 Oliver Thylmann rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on the future of companies out there. An amazing read that will make your mind bubble up new thoughts by the minute. Greatly recommented.
Ed Res
Oct 12, 2013 Ed Res rated it it was amazing
great concept which is corresponding to what we now label 'social business' ! must read for anyone trying to figure out how to organise their 'community'
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Dee Ward Hock is the founder and former CEO of the Visa credit card association.

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