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Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence

Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen, and Cliff Bowman


The book describes what it means to say the world is complex and explores what that means for managers, policy makers and individuals. The first part of the book is about the theory and ideas and science of complexity. This is explained in a way that is thorough but not mathematical. It compares differing approaches, and also provides a historical perspective, showing how such thinking has been around since the beginning of civilisation. It emphasises the difference between a complexity worldview and the dominant mechanical worldview that underpins much of current management practice. It defin ... More

Keywords: complexity, worldview, emergence, system, modelling, narrative, strategy, uncertainty, chaos, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean G. Boulton, author
Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management and Director, Claremont Management Consultants Ltd

Peter M. Allen, author
Emeritus Professor, Cranfield University

Cliff Bowman, author
Professor of Strategic Management, Cranfield University