Complexity Theory and Organization Science

@article{Cachon1999ComplexityTA,
  title={Complexity Theory and Organization Science},
  author={G{\'e}rard P. Cachon and Paul H. Zipkin and Philip T. Anderson},
  journal={Organization Science},
  year={1999},
  volume={10},
  pages={216-232}
}
Complex organizations exhibit surprising, nonlinear behavior. Although organization scientists have studied complex organizations for many years, a developing set of conceptual and computational tools makes possible new approaches to modeling nonlinear interactions within and between organizations. Complex adaptive system models represent a genuinely new way of simplifying the complex. They are characterized by four key elements: agents with schemata, self-organizing networks sustained by… Expand
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