Globalization Globalization represents the proliferation of relations on a global scale. The abstract phenomenon of globalization is one of the major processes of change in our world today. It is a social, [...]
Ambiguity is the quality of being open to more than one interpretation. It results in the haziness of reality; the potential for misreading and mixed meanings to conditions. In relatively simple environments we can have simple linear cause and effect models that are
Uncertainty is the inability to know everything fully. It is a fundamental property of complex systems primarily due to, the large number of elements, high interconnectivity, interdependence, nonlinear interactions and coevolution.
Business Volatile Complex systems and complex environments are often volatile, due to their inherently dynamic nature, their capacity for rapid phase transitions and systemic shocks. Rapid technological development, expansion into a more [...]
Network Organizations Networked Organizations are open systems of organization that connect people directly peer-to-peer through informal networks of collaboration.View Source Network organizations may be seen as a product of the heightened [...]
Organizational Self-Organization Organizational self-organization describes how organization within a team can emerge from the bottom-up without top-down structure. Self-organization is one of the major themes within complex systems and a pervasive phenomenon [...]
Platform Organizations Platform organizations are a new form of open organization that harnesses the reduction in transition costs enabled by IT to build web-based platforms where people can exchange goods and services [...]
￼System Dynamics System dynamics is a systems-based approach to modeling complex organizations that is focused on feedback loops, stocks and flows. System dynamics is a modeling language from systems theory that is [...]
Organizational Emergence Emergence is the process whereby new and novel structures and features are created as we put things together. Organizational emergence describes how the process of emergence plays out within the [...]
Systems Thinking Management Systems thinking management is an approach to management that is characterized by holistic thinking and the use of the model of a system. System thinking is an alternative paradigm [...]
A services economy is an economy whose primary activity it based in the tertiary or services sector. The services revolution can be described with reference to very straightforward empirical data. Over the past number of decades, services have come to dominate advanced economies and are slowly but surely coming to dominate the global economy.
Complex Projects Complex projects are projects that are characterized as having many different social and technical elements on many different levels that are interconnected and interdependent. In contrast to simpler projects that [...]
Peer production is a way of producing goods and services that relies on self-organizing groups of individuals. In such communities, the labor of a large number of people is coordinated towards a shared outcome typically through distributed networks without a formal, hierarchical structure.
Collaborative Organizations Collaborative organizations are organizations where collaboration is a default mode due to heightened interconnectivity and interdependence between members. In collaborative organizations, the perceived interdependencies between members creates an attractor towards [...]
The VUCA Framework The term VUCA is an acronym that stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The rapid growth of globalization, information technology, and a changing environmental context are all working [...]
Complexity Management Complexity management can be understood as the application of complexity theory to the practice of management. Thus it draws upon the key insights and ideas from complexity science and uses [...]