26 SES 14 A, Rethinking Educational Leadership: Perspectives from Social Theory
Luhmann’s theory of social systems is mainly concerned about complexity, variety and change. Organizations are seen as autopoietic systems - entities that take meaningful communicational events as reference in order to produce and re-produce their own structures and decisions. It sees social dynamics inside organizations as an autonomous system with its own logic and beyond overall control. One of the most important contributions of the autopoiesis theory currently could be the development of a grounded communicational approach that stresses the interactional, emergent and uncertain nature of knowledge construction and power circulation as a social rather than a mental or individual process. Using Luhmann’s approach, this paper will try to respond to questions about its relationship with leadership and management in school organizations, including: How can/should a system be managed capable of autonomously creating its own processes and structures; how conceptualised; how should such a structurally closed system be led; how led when its constituent or basal operation is communication? Luhmann, N. (2011). Organisation und Entscheidung. Opladen/Wiesbaden: VS Verlag. Mingers, J. (2003) Observing organizations: an evaluation on Luhmann's organization theory. In Bakken, T. and Hernes, T. Autopoietic organization theory. Drawing on Niklas Luhmann's social systems perspective. Oslo: Abstrakt forlag, 103-122.
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