Emergence, Complexity and Organization: 2005 Annual

Emergence, Complexity and Organization: 2005 Annual

by Kurt A. Richardson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0976681471

ISBN-13: 9780976681472

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: ISCE Publishing

Organizations of all kinds struggle to understand, adapt, respond and manipulate changing conditions in their internal and external environments. Approaches based on the causal, linear logic of mechanistic sciences and engineering continue to play an important role, given people's ability to create order. But such approaches are valid only within carefully…  See more details below

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Organizations of all kinds struggle to understand, adapt, respond and manipulate changing conditions in their internal and external environments. Approaches based on the causal, linear logic of mechanistic sciences and engineering continue to play an important role, given people's ability to create order. But such approaches are valid only within carefully circumscribed boundaries. They become counterproductive when the same organizations display the highly reflexive, context-dependent, dynamic nature of systems in which agents learn and adapt and new patterns emerge. The rapidly expanding discussion about complex systems offers important contributions to the integration of diverse perspectives and ultimately new insights into organizational effectiveness. There is increasing interest in complexity in mainstream business education, as well as in specialist business disciplines such as knowledge management. Real world systems can't be completely designed, controlled, understood or predicted, even by the so-called sciences of complexity, but they can be more effective when understood as complex systems. While many scientific disciplines explore complexity through mathematical models and simulations, Emergence: Complexity & Organization explores the emerging understanding of human systems that is informed by this research.

This 2005 Annual includes articles from Max Boisot, Ken Baskin, Robert E. Ulanowicz, Heather Höpfl, Victoria Alexander, and many more, which explore a range of complexity-related topics from philosophical concerns through to the practical application of complexity ideas, concepts and frameworks in human organizations. Also included are a series of four reproductions of classical papers in the fields of complexity and systems:

"Futurology and the Future of Systems Analysis" by Ida R. Hoos
(originally published in 1972)
"A Form of Logic Suited for Biology" by Walter M. Elsasser
(originally published in 1981)
"Beyond Open Systems Models of Organization" by Louis R. Pondy
(originally unpublished conference paper from 1976)
"The Architecture of Complexity" by Herbert A. Simon (originally published in 1962)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976681472
Publisher:
ISCE Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.31(d)

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