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Two types of models are often evoked as the context underlying change. Models based on labels and categories we shall refer to as “representations.” More complex models involving stories, multiple algorithms, rules of thumb, questions, ambiguity we shall refer to as “compressions.” Both compressions and representations are reductions. But representations are far more reductive than compressions. Representations can be treated as a set of defined meanings – coherence with regard to a representation is the degree of fidelity between the item in question and the definition of the representation, of the label. By contrast compressions contain enough degrees of freedom and ambiguity to allow us to make internal predictions so that we may determine our potential actions in the possibility space. Managers are often confusing their evocation of a representation as the creation of a context of compression. In the drive for efficiency such substitutions are all too often proclaimed – at the manager’s peril.



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Michael Lissack
lissack Naples FL

Dr. Lissack is the director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) as well as the editor-in-chief emeritus of ISCE's journal, Emergence (now E:CO). Dr. Lissack is also the founder and chairman of Knowledge Ventures Inc. Since 1995, Dr. Lissack has taught economics as a lecturer at Williams in Williamstown, MA, research techniques at Henley, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, business strategy at IMD, complexity at LSE, and business ethics at the Rotterdam School of Management, Vanderbilt, and Keele. Dr. Lissack
frequently lectures on the topics of complexity, management, ethics, and knowledge management to both academic and business audiences in the United States and Europe. He twice was a candidate for Collier County Commissioner and comments frequently on public affairs in Collier County. Dr. Lissack is a practicing Realtor (see and entrepreneur. He is a founder of Artists for Charity SWFL (see

Publish Date  January 10, 2011

Dimensions  Trade  102 pgs   Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

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