On the Status of Boundaries, both Natural and Organizational: A Complex Systems Perspective

@article{Richardson2001OnTS,
  title={On the Status of Boundaries, both Natural and Organizational: A Complex Systems Perspective},
  author={Kurt A. Richardson and Michael Lissack},
  journal={Emergence},
  year={2001},
  volume={3},
  pages={32-49}
}
Contemporary science with its strong positivism tends to trivialize the nature of boundaries. Boundaries are supposedly real and our ability to recognize them as such is regarded as a straightforward exercise. This by-product is a direct result of science’s focus on the quantifiable and mathematizable (Goodwin, 2000). Given such a naïve belief in the (ontological) status of boundaries, it is easy to understand how some scientists can wholeheartedly buy into their models as true representations… Expand

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