Navigate Paradox in Organizations: The Implications of Combining Theory of Paradox with Practice

Mourad Mechiche


The search to uncover the implications of combining paradox with real life practice have led scholars into an impasse and yielded paradoxical results that are still theoretical in nature. This qualitative research draws on a variety of studies to frame an approach to paradox using insights from Zen psychology, brain plasticity and behaviour. Considering a change in behaviour entails plasticity in the brain, and willingly engaging in attempts to navigate paradox is per se a change in behaviour, thus, it is apparent that once we push a brain by means of behaviour change to become plastic to the chaotic, irrational and ambiguous nature of paradox, it adjusts itself to satisfy this newly adopted behaviour considering that literature contributed little to merge paradox theory with practice. The change in behaviour is facilitated by a stimulus model which will be the ultimate product of my research on paradox.

Keywords: Paradox, Learning model, practice, Behaviour and organizations

DOI: 10.7176/EJBM/12-29-06

Publication date:October 31st 2020

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