Category Archives: Complexity

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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Changes in the Teaching and Learning Process in a Complex Education System

The rapid changes and increased complexity of today’s world present new challenges and put new demands on our education system. There has been generally a growing awareness of the necessity to change and improve the preparation of students for productive … Continue reading

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Complex Systems and Education: Cognitive, Learning, and Pedagogical Perspectives

To seriously consider implementing long term and conceptually deep changes in the science and mathematics curricula is an exciting prospect. Properly infused into the curriculum, the cross-disciplinary concepts and methodologies emerging from complex systems research have the potential to form … Continue reading

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The Science & Philosophy of Complexity

In this episode, Haley interviews research professor and leader of the Self-Organizing Systems Lab at UNAM, Carlos Gershenson. Gershenson discusses findings from his book, Complexity: 5 Questions, which is comprised of “interview style contributions by leading figures in the field … 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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Emerging Autopoietic Communities – Scalability of Knowledge Transfer in Complex Systems

Knowledge-based communities are important but poorly understood systems for helping enterprises maintain their organizational integrity and address organizational imperatives. Based on an autopoietic theory of organization, we examine the emergence and development of knowledge-based communities at different scales up to … Continue reading

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