Exploring the latest paradigm shift in organizational consciousness development, by using the framework from Reinventing Organizations
Abstract: Issue of study - A high level of organizational consciousness is needed to face the complex challenges in today's world. A growing body of research indicates the relationship between a higher level of organizational consciousness and performance. Frederic Laloux, author of Reinventing Organizations (2014), has created a five stage framework to describe how organizational forms are related to consciousness development. From an organizational perspective, each new level of consciousness has introduced new breakthrough ideas, creating abilities to face more complex challenges and achieve results of unprecedented scale. Laloux's work is referred to as significant, as it covers five levels of organizational consciousness and culture, different organizational structures and multiple lines of development. Laloux has focused on the latest societal transformation, the fifth stage called Evolutionary-Teal, which is emerging as people seek for a more powerful, more soulful and more meaningful way of work together. Laloux's framework from Reinventing Organizations will be referred to the RIO framework in this thesis. There are, to the author’s knowledge, no study that has empirically examined the applicability of the RIO framework. The case company of this thesis, Kvadrat, fits well to examine the applicability of the RIO framework. Kvadrat was founded on the urge to create a new type of organization, which would reinvent how consultancy firms operates. Purposes P1. Examine the applicability of the RIO framework P2. Contribute to Kvadrat’s self-awareness "Examine the applicability” refers to research the applicability of RIO, by applying RIO on an empirical case. As a consequence, this thesis will also examine RIO´s ability to determine Kvadrat’s stage of consciousness with the purpose to contribute to Kvadrat’s self-awareness. Methodology - A qualitative case study with a deductive approach was conducted, beginning with the development of an analysis matrix to form the interview guide. Empirical data was collected though semi-structured interviews, company-specific documents and a discussion regarding the findings with 130 members of the case company. The theoretical foundation for the RIO framework, and in particular the highest stage, Evolutionary-Teal, was investigated through literature research. Conclusion - Laloux's framework from Reinventing Organizations was possible to apply on the case company Kvadrat. The result shows that Kvadrat's stage of consciousness mostly corresponds to the fourth stage, with a touch of the fifth stage, Evolutionary-Teal, in the RIO framework. The framework provided the case company with a new perspective to perceive itself. Introducing RIO and the company’s position within it thereby contributed to Kvadrat’s self-awareness. Further on, the theoretical bridge between the fifth and highest stage, Teal, and the underlying theories has been identified.
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