books about: complexities
Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory
A fine introduction to what Complexity is all about.
If you are unfamiliar with Complexity Theory ("The Science of Sciences") then this is a great book to start with. Neil Johnson has done an impeccable job of keeping the intricacies of Complexity within a very manageable framework that any layman can understand. Take this quote for example: "Complexity can be summed up by the phrase "Two's company, three is a crowd." In other words, Complexity ...
Complexity Avalanche: Overcoming the Threat to Technology Adoption
Point B Inc
Hitting on all cylinders
Wood's assessment of the gap between what technical functionality we can provide users with, and what they can actually use, is an accurate starting point and foundation for the entire book. The corporate focus of high tech companies must shift to provide appropriate value-add services that enable people to get the most out of the technology delivered. The book is a comprehensive look as the ...
Complexity: A Guided Tour
Oxford University Press, USA
When reading this book in conjunction with my self-organization class was quite interesting. If you read the book for many of the topics it helps me to concentrate on the idea of entropy. If you follow this general flows many of the topics become clear and you grasp much more of what is going on. You might take away research ideas like I did.
Challenging the Performance Movement: Accountability, Complexity, And Democratic Values (Public Management ...
Georgetown University Press
Looks at the problems with performance management that are typically glossed over.
Robert Venturi: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
"The Museum of Modern Art, New York"
Gateway towards looking at architecture
I had to read this book for a class specifically regarding Robert Venturi and the postmodernism movement that he became a leading proponent of. However, this book is NOT a manifesto for a postmodern vacabulary- rather, this book looks at all architecture from the Parthenon to the common family home. Let me say that I have read many architectural theory books, but nothing that really inspired me ...
Normal Family Processes, Third Edition: Growing Diversity and Complexity
The Guilford Press
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Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy
Pamela A., Ph.D. Hays
American Psychological Association (APA)
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Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
M. Mitchell Waldrop
Simon & Schuster
A superb account of the emergence of the science of Emergent Complexity.
This is a brilliant and riveting account of the birth of the science of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute told in the form of detailed and human biographical profiles of some the leading scientific voices in the movement. Some reviewers here have complained that this isn't a book of science, per se, but more of history. While you will not find the math, code, detailed analysis of various ...
Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach
Cambridge University Press
A comprehensive modern textbook
This is a very comprehensive and detailed book on computational complexity. Its target audience are the advanced undergraduates or the first-year graduate students in computational science or a related field. The book has many good and interesting exercises and is very suitable as a textbook. It can be used as a self-study textbook for researchers in other fields as well. However, the notation ...
The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Stone Center's Jean Baker Miller Training Institute
The Guilford Press
Complexity of Connection
More academic than I anticipated! So I've procrastinated really getting through it. C.
Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science
Edwin E. Olson
Glenda H. Eoyang
practical book about promising org. change approach
This is an interesting book about an approach to managing and changing organizations, which is quite different from traditional change approaches: complexity theory. You might think: "Ah, here we go again.... Is this just the next new management hype, destined to be forgotten soon?" I don't think so. I think complexity theory is to be taken a bit more serious than that. What is it? It is a ...
One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value
Harvard Business Press
Finally, a book with practical suggestions that decrease complexity!
Excellent book. The authors make a good case for eliminating the complexity that pervades our profession, and provide detailed examples of how to actually implement change to provide real value to the business. I think if we took the advice in this book, we would no longer see "Why We Hate HR" kind of articles A few things I specifically liked: -provides empirical research on each topic ...
Harnessing Complexity: Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier
Michael D. Cohen
A beginner's view
As my first venture into the world of complexity and complex adaptive systems this was an interesting book. A lot of what I anecdotally thought about complexity was reinforced through the authors' own anecdotal examples. The examples were from a wide variety of situations, but were explained in a way to be understood by someone without a background in those various areas. However, I think the ...
Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity
Karl E. Weick
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
Becoming a Resilient Organization
Weick and Sutcliffe provide exceptional insights into high reliability organizations (HROs) and how lessons learned from HROs can be applied to other organizations that are not satisfied with just being good. The authors address the five hallmarks of mindfulness that distinguish HROs from all other organization types. The authors provide detailed checklists through which company leaders can audit ...
The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life
Let's Vote On It
In many ways this book is a continuation of How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer. Whereas Lehrer explores the edge between actually thinking about our choices versus going with your gut, Len Fisher's The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life explores some of the surprising mathematics of decision-making. If you have 100 candidates for a job, you should interview the first 37 ...
Lean for the Process Industries: Dealing with Complexity
Peter L. King
Good learnings from this book
The book was very helpful. Nice job of explaining the differences between discrete and process manufacturing while providing a common sense approach to applying lean in the process world. You will want to read this if you've been frustrated by the lack of process examples. It would also be helpful to those making the transition from a discrete to a process industry.
Living with Complexity
Donald A. Norman
The MIT Press
If only today?s technology were simpler! It?s the universal lament, but it?s wrong. We don't want simplicity. Simple tools are not up to the task. The world is complex; our tools need to match that complexity. Simplicity turns out to be more complex than we thought. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It?s not complexity ...
The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind's Hidden Complexities
Hidden Complexities are Revealed
The book is a sort of complement for the authors previous works (1994, 1996, 1997). It is an outstanding work as it clarifies the ways nets, frames, blends and intregations function. It is a didactical book because it goes and returns with examples which help us understand its terminology and content. It is a book of great help for all the ones interested in analysing texts competently and ...
Managing Business Complexity: Discovering Strategic Solutions with Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation
Michael J. North
Charles M. Macal
Oxford University Press, USA
Simplifying the complex
I purchased this text to assist me in completing my doctoral dissertation that is based on complexity theory. The authors simplify agent-based modeling to the point that anyone interested can quickly get indoctrinated into the arena and, at a minimum, be able to understand and converse the major topics. For those like me who wish to delve even further into the research of complexity, the text is ...
Complexity Explained (Springer Complexity)
A great starting place on a path to understanding
First, let me say I only write reviews for what I believe are extraordinary works. Anyone bold enough to take on the task of giving insight into the patterns and features of complexity, then accomplishes what he set out to do, has done something extraordinary. The reality of complexity is far different from the legend of complexity. It cannot be explained in one setting with a simple ...
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