Emergence Our general conception of organization and the profession of management is built around the idea of a hierarchy within organizations through which control is exercised in a downward fashion in order to coordinate the individual's activities towards some desired outcome. This approach may work well within relatively simple environments, after all, this form of [...]

Systems Thinking


Systems Thinking Complexity management is an alternative paradigm to our traditional management approach. If we are going to manage anything, we are going to have to have some representation or model of how it works. A paradigm is the fundamental conceptual framework or model we use for interpreting events. In science, there is fundamentally just [...]

Complexity Management


Complexity Management This is a high-level overview to the domain of complexity management, which we will be going over in more detail in following articles. We can understand complexity management 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 [...]



Complexity Complexity management, as opposed to traditional practices, may be defined simply as the management of complex systems. So, before we can go much further, we really need to give some outline as to what exactly a complex system is. Thus, this article tries to give a clear outline to the differences between simple linear [...]



Management People working with computers Complexity management is an alternative approach or paradigm to more traditional management methods. Thus, it might be of value to start off by discussing what is meant by "management" in general before taking a look at these two different approaches. Because most of us only know one approach [...]

Sociocultural Evolution


Sociocultural evolution describes the process of evolution as it acts on macro-scale social systems of all kind. Sociocultural evolution through a process of variation, selection, and duplication of social structures and cultural constructs leads over time to create complexity

Social Adaptive Landscape


A social adaptive landscape is a model to social systems that tries to map out the entire environment within which individuals, social groups or societies are interacting and adapting to each other's behavior as they try to find optimal solutions to a given social context.

Community Structure


Community structure refers to the local structures that form within social networks as some agents interact more frequently and intensely forming specific substructures within the overall network. 

Social Attractors & Chaos Theory


Social attractors define a specific subset of states that a social system may take, which corresponds to its normal behavior towards which it will naturally gravitate.