Transition in complex polycentric contexts: trusting and multifunctional semantics

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Abstract

This article shows how the interplay of different function systems creates distrust and paradoxes in complex polycentric transition processes. This issue is captured by an abductive, qualitative, single-case study on a highly polycentric pilot project in a Danish public job centre. The results suggest that the emergence of a multifunctional semantic reservoir is crucial for navigating function-systemic blind spots by stimulating higher-order observation and reflection and building trust in polycentric settings. This is a prerequisite for allowing paradoxes to drive transition and not become barriers.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSystems Research and Behavioral Science
Vol/bind34
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)163–181
ISSN1092-7026
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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