Complexity Management Resources 2018-04-23T11:26:52+00:00

Complexity Management Books (4)

  • Complexity and Management (Complexity Inorganisations)

    Complexity and Management (Complexity Inorganisations)
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    Complexity theory is generating increasing interest amongst strategic thinkers. This fascinating book covers issues such as predictability, creativity and relationships as it considers how complexity, and its central principles of emergence and self-organization, are being used to understand organizations. The book: introduces the variety of views put forward by different writers on complexity and management outlines and critiques the way that complexity theory is frequently interpreted purely in the context of systems thinking draws a new perspective on using complexity sciences to understand organizational stability and change by focusing on the emergence of novelty and creativity in the course of everyday processes calls for a radical re-examination of management thinking. Timely and controversial, Complexity and Management is essential reading for anyone interested in strategy, systems thinking, organization and management theory, and organizational change.

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  • The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management

    The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management
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    The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management will be the first substantive scholarly work to provide a map of the state of art research in the growing field emerging at the intersection of complexity science and management studies.

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  • Complex Systems Leadership Theory

    Complex Systems Leadership Theory
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    This book, written by leading experts in the field, is intended for thoughtful leaders, advisors, and academics who want to better understand cutting edge thinking and the latest research on leadership in the complex, highly interconnected organization of today. Unlike most books on the subject, it does not purport to provide simple answers to difficult questions. Rather, it seeks to provide new insights and tools that have only recently become apparent through advances in complexity science-like, for example, the intricate dynamics of emergent leadership...

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  • Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship

    Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship
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    This ground-breaking volume explores social entrepreneurship from the perspective of complexity science and systems thinking. Case studies, models, simulations, and theoretical papers advance both theory and practice, providing an innovative and comprehensive look at these dynamic topics. Written by complexity theorists, international development practitioners, and experts in a variety of other disciplines, this must-have book is mandatory reading for everyone interested in this newly developing field.

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Complexity Management Research (13)

  • Developing Leaders in a VUCA Environment

    Developing Leaders in a VUCA Environment
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    In The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman notes that the rate of change today is much different than in the past. “Whenever civilization has gone through one of these disruptive, dislocating technical revolutions—like Gutenberg’s introduction of the printing press—the whole world has changed in profound ways…

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  • Complex Social Systems: Rising Complexity in Business Environments

    Complex Social Systems: Rising Complexity in Business Environments
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    Attempts to simulate the effects of environmental complexity changes in business yielded the realization that much exploratory work needs to be done to (a) demonstrate that complexity has increased universally, and (b) to elucidate what contributory factors are at work in this environment.

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  • Leading In a Complex World

    Leading In a Complex World
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    The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and these changes are not just radical they are transformative; transforming every aspect of our lives and transforming boundaries between and within markets. Whilst we can’t explore everything in this article here are some of the big ones that we think have major implications for leaders. Technologies are disrupting sectors and even whole industries faster than ever.

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  • New Tools For Resolving Wicked Problems

    New Tools For Resolving Wicked Problems
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    Wicked Problems (equivalently, Social Messes) are seemingly intractable problems. They are composed of inter-related dilemmas, issues, and other problems at multiple levels society, economy, and governance. These interconnections—systems of systems—make Wicked Problems so resilient to analysis and to resolution.

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  • Sense-making in a complex and complicated world

    Sense-making in a complex and complicated world
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    In this paper, we challenge the universality of three basic assumptions prevalent in organizational decision support and strategy: assumptions of order, of rational choice, and of intent. We describe the Cynefin framework, a sense-making device we have developed to help people make sense of the complexities made visible by the relaxation of these assumptions.

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  • Complexity and Limits to Knowledge

    Complexity and Limits to Knowledge
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    This paper examines how complexity science faces up to the material fact of uncertainty and the very real limits to knowledge. Indeed it shows how ignorance, the impossibility of having full knowledge and the inevitability of uncertainty, are both the result of, and the driving force behind, evolution and change.

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  • The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management

    The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management
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    The first substantive scholarly work to provide a map of the state-of-the-art research in the growing field emerging at the intersection of complexity science and management studies. Edited and written by internationally respected scholars from management and related disciplines, the Handbook is a reference source for understanding the implications of complexity science for management research and practice.

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  • Decision Theory in Complex Systems

    Decision Theory in Complex Systems
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    Human beings are continuously making conscious decisions. Life is a stream of decisions made on a continuum from the subconscious to the fully involved conscious state. Many decisions are made “without thinking” as when we have driven our car to a destination and realize that we were not aware of the actions we were taking to maneuver the automobile.

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  • Managing in an Age of Complexity

    Managing in an Age of Complexity
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    From a psychological perspective, it seems that most people prefer certainty to ambiguity and, it seems, would even choose certainty over freedom. In business, certainty suggests we can predict what is going on in our market place and with this information we believe we can then develop the optimal strategy for making money.

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  • A Brief Review of Systems Theories and Their Managerial Applications

    A Brief Review of Systems Theories and Their Managerial Applications
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    Systems theory is an interdisciplinary theory about every system in nature, in society and in many scientific domains as well as a framework with which we can investigate phenomena from a holistic approach. Systems thinking comes from the shift in attention from the part to the whole, considering the observed reality as an integrated and interacting unicum of phenomena where the individual properties of the single parts become indistinct.

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  • Applications of Complexity Science for Public Policy

    Applications of Complexity Science for Public Policy
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    Government officials and other decision makers increasingly encounter a daunting class of problems that involve systems composed of very large numbers of diverse interacting parts. These systems are prone to surprising, large-scale, seemingly uncontrollable, behaviors. These traits are the hallmarks of what scientists call complex systems.

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  • Managing Complexity: A Discussion of Current Strategies and Approaches

    Managing Complexity: A Discussion of Current Strategies and Approaches
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    The “Complex” view of reality is important in understanding the activities of an organization. The inclusion of complexity in management discourse is therefore a natural consequence. Despite this increasing importance, most companies have not introduced or implemented yet a complexity management system/approach or they do not know, if the used complexity management strategy and methods, are efficient and adequate. The aim of this paper is to point out which the strategies and models can be useful method to management complexity. In practice, proposed models are often maturity models. The various levels of maturity within such models can be used to describe the different achievable skill levels. The features of the areas of maturity models have been indicated as elements one of selected complexity management approach. We conclude how this approach may help in management and complexity decision-making support.

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  • Making Sense of the Collaborative Economy

    Making Sense of the Collaborative Economy
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    The collaborative economy is becoming difficult to ignore; it is undeniably a global movement that dominates news with tales of startup glory and threats of government responses to industry disruption. Whether people associate their activities with this specific term or not, this report shows that a quarter of the UK population…

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Complexity Management Course (2)

  • Decision Making in a Complex Uncertain World

    Decision Making in a Complex Uncertain World
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    This course will teach you the first principles of complexity, uncertainty and how to make decisions in a complex world. First, this course will address what complexity is and will define uncertainty. Next, we cover a number of tools and methods to understand and be able to navigate through the complex and uncertain world. After introducing the first principles, guest lecturers will cover interdisciplinary aspects of complexity. These are graph theory and networks, emergent behavior, agent-based modeling, evolutionary dynamics, cellular automata and self-organization, complexity in history, decision making under uncertainty, heuristics and biases and subsequently leadership and entrepreneurship. Finally, relating this all back together in two case studies will conclude the course. The first case study is financial stability and crises and the latter is growth and development of cities.

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  • Managing complexity: A systems approach – introduction

    Managing complexity: A systems approach – introduction
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    Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This free course, Managing complexity: A systems approach introduction, examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier to accept that gaps in knowledge can be acceptable.

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Networked Economy Books (5)

  • Platform Revolution

    Platform Revolution
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    A practical guide to the new economy that is transforming the way we live, work, and play. Uber. Airbnb. Amazon. Apple. PayPal. All of these companies disrupted their markets when they launched. Today they are industry leaders. What’s the secret to their success? These cutting-edge businesses are built on platforms: two-sided markets that are revolutionizing the way we do business. Written by three of the most sought-after experts on platform businesses, Platform Revolution is the first authoritative, fact-based book on platform models.

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  • The Wealth of Networks

    The Wealth of Networks
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    With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition, says Yochai Benkler in this thought-provoking book. The phenomenon he describes as social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new opportunities to enhance individual freedom, cultural diversity, political discourse, and justice.

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  • Blockchain Revolution

    Blockchain Revolution
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    In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy. Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes.

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  • Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy

    Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy
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    Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency ("Blockchain 1.0") and smart contracts ("Blockchain 2.0") to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking.

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  • New Rules for the New Economy

    New Rules for the New Economy
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    Forget supply and demand. Forget computers. The old rules are broken. Today, communication, not computation, drives change. We are rushing into a world where connectivity is everything, and where old business know-how means nothing. In this new economic order, success flows primarily from understanding networks, and networks have their own rules.

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Complexity Management Videos (3)

  • The VUCA World

    The VUCA World
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    Prof Richard Wilding OBE talks to James Lennon, Procter & Gamble (http://www.pg.com) about today's VUCA World (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex, Ambiguous World) and P&G's strategy for improving dynamics using collaboration and Business Intelligence and creating agility across total supply chains

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  • The Importance of Learning in Organizations

    The Importance of Learning in Organizations
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    An interview with David Garvin and Amy Edmondson, Professors, Harvard Business School. Learning organizations generate and act on new knowledge. The ability to do this enables companies to stay ahead of change and the competition.

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  • The Big Shift - Part 1: What is the Big Shift?

    The Big Shift - Part 1: What is the Big Shift?
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    John Hagel explains concepts of the Big Shift

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