Category Archives: Emergence

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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Entrepreneurship as Emergence

Emergence is at the core of entrepreneurship research, which has explored the coming into being of opportunities, new organizations, re-organizations, and new industries, agglomerations, and so on. Emergence is also at the theoretical core of complexity science, which is essentially dedicated to exploring … 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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Interaction and extended cognition

In contemporary philosophy of the cognitive sciences, proponents of the ‘Hypothesis of Extended Cognition’ have focused on demonstrating how cognitive processes at times extend beyond the boundaries of the human body to include external physical devices. In recent years the … Continue reading

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Teaching to emerge: Toward a bottom-up pedagogy

This paper focuses on the conceptual model of an academic course inspired by complexity theory. In the proposed conceptual model, the aim of teaching is to form a learning organization: a knowledge community with emergent properties that cannot be reduced … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Groups and Inequality

The emergence of groups and of inequality is often traced to pre-existing differences, exclusionary practices, or resource accumulation processes, but can the emergence of groups and their differential success simply be a feature of the behaviors of a priori equally-capable … Continue reading

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Taking Advantage of Emergence: Productively Innovating in Complex Innovation Systems

Our most pressing societal problems such as enhancing health care, developing alternate energy, revitalizing cities, and advancing the economy are complex innovation systems. Leveraging the enormous potential of sciences and technologies into better resolutions for these complex challenges requires a … Continue reading

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Building Knowledge Sharing Communities

It is difficult for organizations to effectively manage personal knowledge so it can be mobilized, shared, and rewarded to benefit the organization. The difficulties are compounded in large organizations where people with potentially valuable knowledge are unknown to one another … Continue reading

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Emergence and Growth of Knowledge and Diversity in Hierarchically Complex Living Systems

An environment conducting a flux of energy and materials between temporally or spatially separated sources and sinks may become more complexly structured due to the emergence of cyclical, dissipative transport systems. Selection favors transport systems able to stabilize themselves against … Continue reading

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