Category Archives: Complexity

Levels and degrees of emergence: toward a matrix of complexity

Emergence is at the core of entrepreneurship research, which has explored the coming-into-being of opportunities, new organisations, re-organisations, and new industries, agglomerations, and so on. Emergence is also at the theoretical core of complexity science, which is dedicated to exploring how and why emergence … Continue reading

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Bringing Complexity into Social Analysis: Three Principles from Emergence

Systems are increasingly complex, and traditional theories and constructs don’t consider the dynamics of the social world. Through 60+ published papers exploring these complexity dynamics, I have summarized the differences into three core insights: Non-linearity, Interdependence, and Emergence. This brief review summarizes … Continue reading

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Generative Emergence: A New Discipline of Organizational, Entrepreneurial, and Social Innovation

How do organizations become created? Entrepreneurship scholars have debated this question for decades, but only recently have they been able to gain insights into the non-linear dynamics that lead to organizational emergence, through the use of the complexity sciences. Written … Continue reading

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The Dialogical Self: Toward a Theory of Personal and Cultural Positioning

The dialogical self proposes a far-reaching decentralization of both the concept of self and the concept of culture. At the intersection between the psychology of the self in the tradition of William James and the dialogical school in the tradition … Continue reading

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Complexity theory

This book is designed to be an overview to the core concepts within complexity theory, presented in an intuitive form that should be accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject. Complexity theory is an exciting new area that is offering … Continue reading

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Complexity explained

Complexity science also called complex systems science, studies how a large collection of components – locally interacting with each other at the small scales – can spontaneously self-organize to exhibit non-trivial global structures and behaviors at larger scales, often without external … Continue reading

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Deleuze, Delanda and Social Complexity: Implications for the ‘International’

The study of world politics in theoretical and empirical terms has recently witnessed an upsurge of interest in the question of complexity, drawing upon complexity theory; particularly, renewed interest in emergent properties and the aleatory nature of the political. This … Continue reading

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Complexity and Co-Evolution: Continuity and Change in Socio-Economic Systems

Book – The aim for this book is to offer stimulus to those wishing to engage with the concepts and tools provided by the emerging paradigm of thought on complexity and at the same time to foster new debate on co-evolutionary issues within … Continue reading

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A Critique of Creativity and Complexity: Deconstructing Clichés

Book – In an increasingly complex world, the natural human inclination is to oversimplify issues and problems to make them seem more comprehensible and less threatening. This tendency usually generates forms of dogmatism that diminish our ability to think creatively … Continue reading

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Interfaces of Complexity. Participation as Explorative Process for Organisational Development

This paper introduces the concept of “interface of complexity” as a source of creating and dealing with possible participatory approaches to organizational development. Based on an actor-network-theory approach, we conceive of interfaces as complex events, situations, and transitions in a technical as well … Continue reading

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