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Paradox Management

Contradictions and Tensions in Complex Organizations

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Paradoxes emerge everywhere in organizational theory and management practice. This book is a theoretically grounded presentation of the strategic and historical context of organizational paradoxes, exploring the paradoxes in organizational management and the available tactics to manage them. Based on 700 academic sources in the paradox literature, it presents paradox management as a nuanced and coherent perspective. In presenting and integrating the vast literature on the subject, it contributes new knowledge on how and why the paradox concept was introduced into management theory, how and why conflicting ideals of management can produce organizational contradictions, and how paradoxes can be managed.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part III


“Johansen's book deftly addresses the oft neglected yet very real management dilemmas facing organizations in real-time, complex competitive contexts. Both management scholars and practitioners will benefit from the insightful thinking put forward in this well-written book.” (George Tovstiga, EDHEC Business School, France)

“This book provides a timely approach to today’s intensifying challenges – the intricate tensions that pervade our organizations and our lives. Counter to management views that can over-rationalise and over-simplify, Jan Heiberg Johansen offers a much needed deep dive into the complexity. His insights link the why (context factors accentuating competing demands), the what (resulting organizational paradoxes that can paralyze as well as inspire) and the how (tactics that help managers create value amidst the complexity).” (Marianne W. Lewis, Cass Business School, UK)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Independent Scholar, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Jan Heiberg Johansen

About the author

Jan Heiberg Johansen, MBA, MA, is the Director of Consulting at the City of Copenhagen’s internal consultancy.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Paradox Management

  • Book Subtitle: Contradictions and Tensions in Complex Organizations

  • Authors: Jan Heiberg Johansen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-94814-0Published: 22 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-94815-7Published: 09 August 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 193

  • Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Organization, Management

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