Managing Emergent Phenomena: Nonlinear Dynamics in Work Organizations / Edition 1by Stephen J. Guastello
Pub. Date: 12/28/2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Guastello (Marquette U.), also the author of Chaos, Catastrophe, and Human Affairs (1995), extends his interest in chaos theory to the concept of complexity, referring to self-organizing behavior patterns that are examples of emergencethe sudden materialization of something that didn't exist before. Applying complexity to organizational behavior, he explores the processes of change and development, nonlinear motivation theory, dynamical theory of creativity, work group coordination, the emergence of leadership, dynamical systems, and other topics. The work provides a quite technical examination of nonlinear dynamical systems theory for social scientists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of ContentsContents: Preface. Scenes From the Nonlinear House of Panic. Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Theory. Structural Equations. Organizational Change and Development. Nonlinear Motivation Theory. Dynamical Theory of Creativity. Social Networks. Work Group Coordination. The Emergence of Leadership. Work Flows in Hierarchies. Nonlinear Economics. Dynamical Systems. Epilogue: Whatever Happened to Everything? Appendices: Data Analysis With Structural Equations. The Island Commission Game.
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