How Can We Think the Complex?

TitleHow Can We Think the Complex?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGershenson, C, Heylighen, F
EditorRichardson, K
Book TitleManaging Organizational Complexity: Philosophy, Theory and Application
PublisherInformation Age Publishing

This chapter does not deal with specific tools and techniques for managing complex systems, but proposes some basic concepts that help us to think and speak about complexity. We review classical thinking and its intrinsic drawbacks when dealing with complexity. We then show how complexity forces us to build models with indeterminacy and unpredictability. However, we can still deal with the problems created in this way by being adaptive, and profiting from a complex system's capability for selforganization, and the distributed intelligence this may produce.