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Crisis Management in a Complex World$
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Dawn R. Gilpin and Priscilla J. Murphy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328721.001.0001

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Theories of Complexity

Theories of Complexity

(p.23) 3 Theories of Complexity
Crisis Management in a Complex World

Dawn R. Gilpin (Contributor Webpage)

Priscilla J. Murphy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines major concepts in complexity theory, giving an overview of its foundations and describing the most important theoretical perspectives currently being explored. It links complexity with crisis management, laying out the approach that will guide the discussion in the remainder of this book. It discusses the seven principles of complex systems: interacting agents, adaptability, self-organization, instability, influence of history, permeable boundaries, and irreducibility. It then presents the three approaches to complexity theory: reductionist complexity science, soft complexity science, and complexity-based thinking.

Keywords:   complexity theory, crisis management, complex systems, complexity science, complexity-based thinking

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