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HOW FRED AND MERRELYN EMERY DIDN’T GET INTO THE PALGRAVE HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE THINKERS

Merrelyn Emery with Don deGuerre and Philip Deering, August 2018

This is the story of how the work of Fred and Merrelyn Emery didn’t make it into The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers, Szabla, D.B., Passmore, W., Barnes, M., Gipson, A.N. (Eds). (2017). Palgrave Macmillan.
Invitations were extended to us to write two chapters documenting the work of both Fred and Merrelyn but ultimately neither chapter was found acceptable. This story extends over about two years with several twists and turns as the reasons for delaying publication of our contributions changed over time. We publish both chapters here exactly as they were last presented to the editors.

FRED EMERY: CREATOR OF TIMELESS WORK FROM A TIMELESS LAND

Merrelyn Emery, 2016

This chapter documents the evolution of an approach to social science based on material universals or reality, open systems theory (OST). OST diverges from approaches based on abstract universals. The chapter traces the development of its key concepts and attempts to convey some feeling for the man responsible for most of its development. It attempts to convey not only Fred’s intellectual brilliance but also hints at his complex mixture of free spirit, respecter of life, self-determination and participative democracy.

A PRACTICAL, CONTEXTUAL SOCIAL SCIENCE TO ENGAGE THE WORLD

Merrelyn Emery and Open Systems Theory, Don deGuerre and Philip Deering

Open Systems Theory (OST) as primarily developed by Fred and Merrelyn Emery in Australia provides an integrated set of concepts and constructs in both theory and practice to more accurately describe reality. A major part of the work is to research participative democratic structures, processes and governance as an alternative to dominant hierarchies.

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