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Issue Articles


ACADEMIC

Interdisciplinarity and complexity

In recent decades, the ideas of interdisciplinarity and complexity have become increasingly entwined. This convergence invites an exploration of the links and their implications. The implications span the nature of knowledge, the structure of the uni... Read More

PRACTITIONER

A cognitive interpretation of organizational complexity

Organizational theory has construed complexity as an objective characteristic of either the structure or the behavior of an organization. We argue that, in order to further our understanding, complexity should be understood in terms of the human cogn... Read More

with BAUKE VISSER

ACADEMIC

The ancient practice of Chinese social networking

The Chinese concept of Guanxi is a form of social network theory that defines one’s place in the social structure and provides security, trust and a prescribed role. This essay argues that Eastern Guanxi and recently popularized Western Social ... Read More

with LOWELL M. GLENN

PRACTITIONER

Aesthetics as an aid to understanding complex systems and decision judgement in operating complex systems

This paper argues that fundamental questions in relation to organizations seen as complex, evolving systems, operating in far-from-equilibrium conditions are not capable of being resolved by mensuration and, in the absence of this, that a reliable de... Read More

with KIM JAMES

ACADEMIC

Complexity, complicatedness and complexity

This paper explores the origin of costly complexity/complicatedness from a stance in evolutionary complexity. It argues that the tendency to the former is a property of the evolution in the latter. The creation of space, physical and virtual for adap... Read More

ACADEMIC

The political significance of small things

In this paper I would like to pay attention to two items: First, to how I understand complexity, expressing some ideas through eight thesis that summarize this understanding. Second, hardly touching the surface of human-social complexity, to do it fr... Read More

PRACTITIONER

The practitioner's landscape

An array of complexity-based tools and techniques are available today, but how does the practitioner select a particular approach to respond to a particular need? We present a simple taxonomy to describe the landscape of complexity-derived methods fo... Read More

PRACTITIONER

Complex systems as key drivers for the emergence of a resource- and capability-based interorganizational network

Using the complex systems approach to extend the resource- and capability-based theory of the firm and integrate it into the strategic networks perspective, this article introduces the concept of a ‘System of Business Enterprises’ (SBE). ... Read More

PRACTITIONER

Complexity theory and change management in sport organizations

This paper employs complexity theory and the principle of emergence as a construct to explain some forms of change observed during the analysis of research concerning change in Australian sport organizations. Although a consortium of well-established... Read More

FORUM

The landscape of management

This report and opinion piece seeks to establish a model in which complexity can be positioned in the context of other management disciplines, in such a way as to effectively communicate to executives in industry and their equivalents in government t... Read More

with PETER STANBRIDGE

FORUM

Faith and decision-making in the Bush presidency

In The Sacred Canopy Peter Berger explores religion as a sensemaking mechanism by which mankind creates an order from, or imposes it upon, the world around him. More recently, David Snowden of Cardiff University has built on his own work with IBM sys... Read More

FORUM

The forest or the tree?:

Decomposition is a way to reduce complexity. After all a problem split up into manageable parts will be easier to understand than a complex whole problem. It is however a tricky, sometimes even impossible task to reconstitute these decomposed problem... Read More