Category Archives: Complexity

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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Assessing Complexity of Urban Spatial Networks

In the present chapter, we discuss the graph representations of urban spatial patterns (maps) and suggest a computationally feasible technique for understanding urban forms based on scale-dependent random walks that can be used in order to spot the relatively isolated … Continue reading

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Emergence of Complexity in Urban Morphology

We analyze the building distribution data of Seoul City and build a model to understand urban morphology. Performing coarse-graining of the data and employing a lattice description, we find that the urbanized area forms a fractal in the proper range … 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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Toward Systemic Educational Change: Questions from a Complex Systems Perspective

Researchers in Education and in Complex Systems Analysis have a unique opportunity to help strengthen the U.S. educational system and bring new tools for thinking to millions of Americans. These tools can help prepare students to meet the challenges of … Continue reading

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