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Joseph Roevens PhD

Joseph Roevens PhD

Do not fight chaos and change: Organize with Chaos
Languages : English, Dutch, French

  • Categories

  • Management
    • Change Management
    • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Employability

  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Subjects

  • Managing a Flock of Cats: how disruptive HR Management really works
  • Strategic Change based on Chaos & Complexity
  • How Zappos.com is taking the fast-lane to self-management
  • What can we learn from Ricardo Semler's 30 years experience with participation?
  • Why we should love the management classics: Marcus Aurelius, Maslow, Herzberg, Taylor et al
  • What can we learn from this generation University students about motivation and HRM?
  • Self-appreciation is a better lever for good habits than motivation
  • Talk like TEDx: 12 dynamic public speaking tips

Joseph Roevens PhD is an entrepreneurial academic, who researches and lectures about participative forms of management and Change. He’s a tenured professor at NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands and a research associate of its Center for Cross-cultural Understanding and Change. Roevens received his B.A. from Cornell University, advanced degrees from IEP, Ecole Centrale and HEC in Paris, and from the School of Advanced International Relations (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. In 2008 he obtained a PhD from Tilburg University. As a polyglot bridge builder Joseph connects the fields of business, international relations, psychology, organizational development and ecological philosophy. His expertise covers managing people, leadership and change, with a focus on Semco-style participation, Zappos-like management and chaos theory.

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Joseph Roevens PhD is an entrepreneurial academic, who researches and lectures about participative forms of management and Change. He’s a tenured professor at NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands and a research associate of its Center for Cross-cultural Understanding and Change. Roevens received his B.A. from Cornell University, advanced degrees from IEP, Ecole Centrale and HEC in Paris, and from the School of Advanced International Relations (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. In 2008 he obtained a PhD from Tilburg University. As a polyglot bridge builder Joseph connects the fields of business, international relations, psychology, organizational development and ecological philosophy. His expertise covers managing people, leadership and change, with a focus on Semco-style participation, Zappos-like management and chaos theory.

Joseph started professional life as a European Union lobbyist, covering green and human rights’ topics. His work led him to an international PR position at Ecover, where he co-orchestrated the ‘Opening of Europe’s First Ecological Factory’. Based on those experiences Roevens wrote ‘Organize with Chaos: a Simple Robust Business tool’ (1996) with Robin Rowley. This self-published book opened up speaking invitations together with leading chaos theorists and management intellectuals, such as L’Expansion/ICAD’s Brussels Conference ‘The Strategies of Chaos’, IABC’s Conferences in Brussels and NYC, and a private seminar with Nobel Laureate Dr. Ilya Prigogine. Roevens worked for 12 years as an entrepreneurial pedagogue with the following organizations and business schools: Century 21, Nutrexpa, Vitamine W (now Levanto), Westerlund (now Babcock & Brown), Radisson Edwardian Hotels , Randstad Interim (via Belgian Bankers Academy), Antwerp University, Emerson College, Hochschule Bremerhaven, Real Software Academy, Regardz Conference Hotels (Golden Tulip), Hilton Hotels, Rotterdam Business School, Tilburg University, and Universitàt de Vic.

Since 2005 Joseph is a professor at NHTV Breda University, in its Academies of Hotel Management, International Facility Management, and Tourism. He ‘heads’ a self-managed team of lecturers and tutors, and supervises students doing their Bachelor Thesis on participative management and emergent change. He also created LeadershipTango, a new form of Leadership training.

On May 2015 Joseph was invited - together with his long-time mentor Ricardo Semler - to consult Zappos about its transition to full self-management.

Watch his lecture about Zappos on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL08Ejq10aIsf9gs7oxFhbe4pfdCcQRG1n

Follow his work on https://insight.nhtv.nl/tag/joseph-roevens/

About ‘Organize with Chaos’ (1997, 1999, 2007) the Leadership & Organization Development Journal wrote “I liked Organize with Chaos and intuitively felt at ease with the ideas.... It could be read in a couple of hours as the authors suggest, but I would recommend several sittings”. Gillian Stamp, Director of the Brunel Institute of Organization and Social Studies, wrote "Rowley and Roevens are so good at taking complex ideas and communicating in ways that touch the immediate - it is a real gift and means so many people can gain from their thinking and work".

About the 2007 edition, Art Kleiner, editor of strategy+business, wrote “I think your enhance – perturb – attract – excite model of ways to instigate change in an organization is very interesting. … I think that you have done a fair job of diagnosing one serious set of problems with conventional management”.

About Joseph’s PhD dissertation ‘Systemic Constellations Work in Organizations’, John Rijsman, Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social Psychology at the University of Tilburg wrote, "this well-written work introduces academics and professionals to a fascinating new organizational approach", and added “Joseph has always been at the forefront of where his subject is heading” and Hilda Martens, Professor of HRM at the University of Hasselt said "I find it very original, personal and complete!”

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Organize With Chaos

In this groundbreaking work, Robin Rowley and Joseph Roevens expose the foundations of contemporary management theory and practice to be outdated and, in many instances, irrelevant.

ISBN: 978-18-525-2561-3
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In this groundbreaking work, Robin Rowley and Joseph Roevens expose the foundations of contemporary management theory and practice to be outdated and, in many instances, irrelevant. They show how fashionable ideas about Vision, Motivation, Leadership, Rewards and Strategy are questionable for the purpose of dealing effectively with today's chaotic global business conditions. The authors offer a fresh approach based on the principles of Chaos theory - previously thought of as an obstacle but now recognized as a vital energizer of innovation, performance and profit. The book shows readers how to shift the thinking and the performance of their organization, and introduces change efficiency .

 

The authors replace the complexity of conventional practice with a more simple, natural method to start up and run a workable change program. Organize with Chaos will make intuitive common sense to anyone who is involved in running a business. Because it understands, welcomes and utilizes the natural chaotic dynamics of the real world, it represents an important step forward in management thinking and business development.

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The global and the local

In ths Associate Professorship speech, the guiding principles and plans will de explained about the Associates Professorship Cross-Cultural Understanding at NHTV International Higher Education Breda.

ISBN: 978-90-517-9612-4

The Associate Professorship resists every form of simplism in the context arena of cross-cultural contacts in a globalized world economy. We do not want any variables or dimensions for pinning down entire cultures, but pay explicit attention to the multifaceted cultural contexts, such as occur in the Heuvel district (Breda, The Netherlands), on Bali, in Vietnam or in Madrid. How can the information which is often silent and hidden be ferreted out of context? The subsequent task will be placing this new information on the agenda of the debates amongst academics and experts in the profession.

Cover van Systemic Constellations Work in Organizations

Systemic Constellations Work in Organizations

How come certain organizational problems never seem to be solved?

ISBN: 978-90-517-9622-3

We've trained. We've re-engineered. We've coached. We've spent lots of money on advice, and still our same old problems recur. So what can we do now? Systemic Constellations Work, and the approach of the acutely "present" professional demonstrates that crucial issues often lie in the deeper context of an organization. This dissertation researches the potential contributions of this approach to organizational psychology, decision-making and management. It offers case-studies and reflections of many practicing professionals. It should be an eye-opener for anyone interested in fundamental, long-term solutions. It is the first of its kind in the world.

Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory