BUS FPX 4012 Assessment 1 Future of Organizing
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BUS FPX 4012 Assessment 1 Future of Organizing

BUS FPX 4012 Assessment 1 Future of Organizing


Capella university

BUS-FPX4012 Leadership in Organizations

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Understanding the Challenge of Quantum Physics

Theoretical physicist and science educator Professor Sean Carroll succinctly encapsulates the enigma of quantum physics: “Scientists can use quantum mechanics with perfect confidence. But it’s a black box. We can set up a physical situation, and make predictions about what will happen next that are verified to spectacular accuracy. What we don’t do is claim to understand quantum mechanics” (Carroll, 2019). This sentiment is echoed by the renowned physicist Richard Feynman, who famously remarked, “I think I can safely say that nobody really understands quantum mechanics,” a statement often paraphrased as, “Anyone who thinks they understand quantum physics, doesn’t.” (Carroll, 2019).

The Pitfalls of Misinterpretation: Wheatley’s Quantum Analogy

Margaret Wheatley, a respected figure in leadership and organizational theory, falls into the common trap of misinterpretation. In her book “Leadership and the New Science,” Wheatley observes humanity’s inherent tendency to recognize patterns (2006). However, she erroneously applies this inclination to understanding quantum physics, suggesting analogies between quantum mechanics and organizational behavior (Wheatley, 2006).

The Flawed Analogy of Newtonian Physics

Wheatley contrasts a “Newtonian” mindset with the complexities of modern organizational dynamics, advocating for a paradigm shift away from mechanistic views. However, Newtonian physics, while effective for macroscopic phenomena, fails as an analogy for quantum mechanics or contemporary business practices (Wikipedia Contributors, 2022).

Neoliberalism and Wheatley’s Engagement

Wheatley’s engagement with corporate entities intersects with neoliberal ideology, inadvertently commodifying scientific concepts to fit corporate narratives. Despite her intention to promote organizational adaptability, Wheatley’s approach often lacks scientific rigor, drawing from mystical and anecdotal sources (Wheatley, n.d.).

Worker Exploitation: The Overlooked Issue

Critics argue that Wheatley overlooks systemic issues such as worker exploitation, emphasizing corporate efficiency over employee welfare. While her insights into organizational flaws are valid, Wheatley’s solutions may perpetuate existing power structures rather than addressing fundamental issues (Brown, 1993).

The Shift to People-Centric Business Realities

In the contemporary business landscape, there is a growing recognition of the importance of human capital and adaptability. Wheatley’s ideas align with this shift, emphasizing the need for organizations to harness the power of relationships and adapt to interconnected networks (Wheatley, 2006).


While Wheatley’s work highlights pertinent issues in organizational theory, her reliance on flawed analogies and neglect of systemic issues undermines the effectiveness of her solutions. Moving forward, a more nuanced understanding of both scientific principles and socio-economic realities is essential for developing sustainable organizational practices.


Brown, T. (1993). The ‘new science’ of leadership. Industry Week, 242(2), 14.

Carroll, S. (2019, September 7). Opinion | Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics (Published 2019). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/opinion/sunday/quantum-physics.html

Wheatley, M. (2006). Leadership and the new science: Discovering order in a chaotic world (3rd ed.). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Wheatley, M. (n.d.). Videos – Margaret J. Wheatley. Margaretwheatley.com. https://margaretwheatley.com/library/videos/

Wikipedia Contributors. (2022, January 11). Classical mechanics. Wikipedia; Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_mechanics

BUS FPX 4012 Assessment 1 Future of Organizing