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Negentropy: Energy Creating Tools for Organizational Development

  • Ali Carr-ChellmanEmail author
  • Allen Kitchel
  • Sydney Freeman
Organizational Training and Performance


Negentropy is a construct drawn from physics that can be conceptualized as the opposite of energy losses associated with normal organizational life. Over time, physical systems tend to “wind down” or entropy, eventually into disintegration. The application of negentropy to social systems, metaphorically, is the primary purpose of this paper—to propose negentropy as a tool to fight energy loss and consequent organizational disintegration. The application of negentropy to organizations and the limitations of that application are explored. Four specific tools for energy-creation are briefly reviewed. The theoretical assertion in this paper is that negentropy can be a powerful tool for sustainable, progressive models of organizational advancement.


Corporate training Employee workshop Negentropy Performance improvement Systems theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IdahoMoscowUSA

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