Complex adaptive systems (CAS): an overview of key elements, characteristics and application to management theory.

@article{Ellis2011ComplexAS,
  title={Complex adaptive systems (CAS): an overview of key elements, characteristics and application to management theory.},
  author={Beverley Ellis and Stuart Ian Herbert},
  journal={Informatics in primary care},
  year={2011},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={33-7}
}
OBJECTIVE To identify key elements and characteristics of complex adaptive systems (CAS) relevant to implementing clinical governance, drawing on lessons from quality improvement programmes and the use of informatics in primary care. METHOD The research strategy includes a literature review to develop theoretical models of clinical governance of quality improvement in primary care organisations (PCOs) and a survey of PCOs. RESULTS Complex adaptive system theories are a valuable tool to help… CONTINUE READING