To many individuals and organisations, situations generated by the world coronavirus pandemic have posed challenges and opportunities. We need to rethink how we interact with each other and with our natural environments. This book offers a way forward by proposing the use of rituals insight: semi-encoded patterns of thinking or actions to help us rebuild a sense of community, which, integrated with insights of applied systems thinking, and in contrast to a dominant pragmatist orientation of thinking and action, could help us further cope with work or education situations in which we still want to pursue our authenticity as human beings.

This book offers ways to help make sense of how we could systemically and compassionately slow down and cope with work or education during and after the world coronavirus pandemic. It does so by integrating ideas about ritual with current research and practice on applied systems thinking. The author establishes a dialogue for co-existence between individuals and the knowledge disciplines of creativity and applied systems thinking, using the mediation of rituals to help us appreciate our world with others. This conversation is much needed given our sense of uncertainty during and after the world coronavirus pandemic and the challenges or opportunities offered by hybrid work and education. Throughout the book, the conversation explores new directions for research and practice beyond ‘future-action’ perspectives or orientations and the inclusion of electronically mediated spaces.

The insights in this book offer a vital resource for management researchers and upper-level students, particularly those researching and studying applied systems thinking and creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages128
ISBN (Electronic)9781003413462
ISBN (Print)97811032537610
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024

Publication series

NameSystems Thinking


  • Ritual
  • Systems Thinking
  • COVID 19
  • Autopoiesis
  • Boundary Critique
  • Well-being

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