Category Archives: Complex system

Multidisciplinary Complex Systems Research

Report from an NSF Workshop in May 2017. This workshop brought together a diverse group of experts in complementary areas of complex systems and was preceded by a series of weekly webinars(see references W1 to W6). The overarching goal of the activity … Continue reading

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Control of Complex Networks requires both Structure and Dynamics

The study of network structure has uncovered signatures of the organization of complex systems. However, there is also a need to understand how to control them; for example, identifying strategies to revert a diseased cell to a healthy state, or … Continue reading

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Emergence, Causality, Self-Organisation

Emergence and self-organisation are  the  two main concepts  that  this book and  the research project “Human Strategies in Complexity”  focus on. Aspects of emergence are: Synergism: Emergence  is due  to  the productive  interaction between entities. Synergies between  interacting  entities  are  … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Human Civilization

There is evidence that a transition in the structure of human organizations is occurring with intriguing consequences. Historical and contemporary evidence suggests that human organizations are undergoing a transition away from hierarchical control. From a complex systems perspective, a hierarchical … Continue reading

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Globalization and Self-Organization in the Knowledge-Based Society

In this paper I suggest that a theory of self-organization can be used as a consistent background theory for explaining  the dynamics and logics of globalization. Globalization is not confined to the human realm, it  is  an attribute of all … Continue reading

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Beyond Markets and States – Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems

The most important lesson for public policy analysis derived from the intellectual journey I have outlined here is that humans have a more complex motivational structure and more capability to solve social dilemmas than posited in earlier rational-choice theory. Designing … Continue reading

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The Santa Fe Perspective on Economics: emerging patterns in the Science of Complexity

The complexity approach to economics largely originated from the “Santa Fe Perspective“: the view of a group of scientists working in the Economics Program at the Santa Fe Institute for the Study of Complex Systems. This paper tells the story … Continue reading

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Social Emergence – Societies as Complex Systems

Can we understand important social issues by studying individual personalities, decisions, and behaviors? Or are societies somehow more than the people in them? Sociologists have long believed that the study of individual decisions and behaviors cannot fully explain the complex … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Human Interactional Sense-Making Process as a Complex System

The article aims at explicating the emergence of human interactional sense‐making process within educational leadership as a complex system. The kind of leadership is understood as a holistic entity called collaborative leadership. There, sense‐making emerges across interdependent domains, called attributes … Continue reading

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