Complexity Management – Emergence

Emergence Is the process whereby new phenomena are created as we combine things together. Our global economy is a good example of emergence, through all of the systems of organization we can collectively produce things like airplanes and laptop computers that none of us could produce if we all acted independently, these things are emergent phenomena of the way the parts are arranged. And this is part of Adam Smith’s insight that even though all of the members of a society may be acting in their own self­interest we can still get globally beneficial outcomes. In this video we talk about systems thinking and the two basic approaches to management, that of reductionism and emergence. We look a the idea of obliquity and give various examples of the systems thinking approach to management.