Issue Articles


ACADEMIC

Options complexes

In business, as in nature, situational agility is a condition for access to resources and hence for adaptation and survival. But can strategy deliver such agility? And does the intentionality of individual players help to shape the strategy? Real opt... Read More

with MAX BOISOT

ACADEMIC

Fluctuations and order in ecosystem dynamics

The model by Prigogine and Nicolis suggesting how microscopic fluctuations can instigate major changes in macroscopic configurations stands as a landmark contribution, helping to incite the current explosion of interest in complex systems. This model... Read More

ACADEMIC

Coordination processes in open source software development

Although open source projects have been subject to extensive study, their coordination processes are still poorly understood. Drawing on organization theory, this paper sets out to remedy this imbalance by showing that large-scale open source project... Read More

PRACTITIONER

Complexity, stories and knowing

In this article, the author argues that storytelling is a biological imperative for human beings, the psychological mechanism by which they can capture the coherent perceptions of an unknowably complex world required for survival. After examining how... Read More

PHILOSOPHY

Ethical implications of the laws of pattern abundance distribution

Scientific theories have often been used to justify social actions. In the 19th century, Darwinian concepts were used to vindicate both greed and racism, and statistical patterns served as a means of rationalizing human brutality and resource distrib... Read More

with JEFFREY A. LOCKWOOD