Introduction“We see in the world many examples of sets of human activities related to each other so that they can be viewed as a whole” (Checkland, 1999, pp. 115). This is the statement forming the bone of contention of the paper by utilizing the concept that many sets of human activities are related to one another or are interdependent with each other so that they can be viewed as a whole and in the context of strategic thinking and practice. In so doing, the paper will draw examples from organizations which operate on the premise of cooperation (taken in the context of set human activities) and this premise is the one to form the major structure of the essay and in the presence of the phenomenal strategic thinking and practice in modern day organizations (Greider 1997, pp.
42). For instance, traditionally, different societies engaged in different activities which were interrelated and depended on the interrelation to ensure that the society survived. For example, some societies undertook fishing and farming activities for their survival and this was detrimental in ensuring that those societies survived in future.
However, in this context, the set human activities are to be taken as the activities that are carried out in the organizations and to which these activities are detrimental in ensuring that the organization survives in the future and in light of the competition in the volatile global business environment. However, theories of; complexity thinking, the practice perspective, knowledge management/environmental and intellectual capital, system thinking, communities of practice and power relationships and emergent leadership are to take centre stage in the paper for proper synthesis and analysis of the paper and through analysis of various organizations.
The activities that are undertaken in the organization are critically crucial to the success of the organization. In addition, the wave of globalization has made it possible for many developments all the world and hence in light of this changes, organizations cannot afford to operate solely other than as set human activities which are interdependent with each other and where every activity of the organization counts towards strategic thinking and practice of the organization for the overall benefit and survival of the organization in future, for every activity undertaken in the organization is an ingredient or a repertoire towards the success of the organization.
To some extent also, the activities of firms in the same line of operation affects the decisions and activities of other firms in the same industry. In an example, organizations like KFC and MacDonald’s, which operate on the global scale through franchises, watches the actions or activities of other organizations in the same industry. Therefore, in as much as a single organization would love to operate in isolation, it is not possible for it has to carefully watch the activities of its competitors and this shows that there is interdependency, just like the way communities activities’ are related to each other so that they can be viewed as a whole.
ScopeThe paper is an insight into the interrelatedness of activities of the organization in such a way that these activities are to be viewed as a whole just like Checkland proclaimed (1999, pp. 115) that “We see in the world many examples of sets of human activities related to each other so that they can be viewed as a whole”.
However, the literature will be confined to major theories of complexity thinking, the practice perspective, knowledge management/environmental and intellectual capital, system thinking, communities of practice and power relationships and emergent leadership so that relevance of the content can be maintained.