Other Books

Robert Axelrod: The Complexity of Cooperation

Jose Fonseca: Complexity & Innovation in Organizations

Ralph D. Stacey: Complexity and Management: Fad or Radical Challenge to Systems Thinking? (Complexity and Emergence in Organizations)

Robert Axelrod: Harnessing Complexity: Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier

John H. Holland: Emergence: From Chaos to Order (Helix Books)


T. Irene Sanders: Strategic Thinking and the New Science : Planning in the Midst of Chaos Complexity and Change


Further literature for those interested: 

Aerst D, Broekaert J and Mathijs E, 1998, Einstein meets Magritte, Kluwer Academic: Conference proceedings of a conference where all the big names in the complexity area were guest speaker. Needless to say that this is a very interesting book. 


Apostel L and Walry J, 1997, Hopeloos gelukkig: leven in de postmoderne tijd, Meulenhoff Kritak: in Dutch, but a very good introduction to postmodern thinking and some of its consequences.


Walter Baets (guest associate editor), Special issue of Accounting, Management and Information Technologies on Complexity, Organisational Change and Adaptive Systems, Pergamon, Fall 1998: some interesting articles about applications of adaptive systems for organisational change.  Many of them are based on neural networks.


Michael Barnsley, Fractals everywhere, rather mathematical but with intriguing perspectives for science.


W. A. Brock and A. G. Malliaris, Differential equations, stability and chaos in dynamic economics. If you want to have a deeper understanding of what really happens behind some economic phenomena.


John Henry Clippinger III (ed), 1999, The biology of business: decoding the natural laws of enterprise, Jossey-Bass: applications of CAS to business.  One of the few books that attempt doing this.  Some great names have contributed. 


Vasant Dhar and Roger Stein, 1997, Intelligent Decision Support Methods: The science of knowledge work, Prentice Hall: an up to date book about knowledge technologies.


Phillip Ein-Dor (Ed), 1996, Artificial Intelligence in Economics and Management, Kluwer Academic Publishers: exactly what is says and rather concentrated on examples.


Joshua Epstein and Robert Axtell, 1996, Growing Artificial Societies, MIT Press: fascinating introduction in the use of agents theory in social systems. 


Dominique Genelot, Manager la complexité, 1992, Insep editions: for those of you understanding French (or willing to exercise their French) a very practical and down to earth book on the managerial implications of complexity.  Provided that French is no problem (and you feel comfortable with the French way of doing business) this is a very accessible book.


James Gleick, Chaos, 1988, Heinemann: a very easy introduction on chaos theory, written in an accessible style.


Ronald Giere, 1999, Science without laws, University of Chicago Press: readable introduction into the philosophy of science, illustrating that there is more than only a positivist approach in life.


Suran Goonatilake and Philip Treleaven, 1995, Intelligent Systems for Finance and Business, Wiley: probably the first book full of examples of intelligent decision support.


Heylighen F, Bolen J and Riegler A, 1998, The Evolution of Complexity, Kluwer Academic: another volume of the same conference (see first book), but this volume is explicitly dealing with complexity theory.  Very interesting for those having a further interest in the matter. 


Robert Hilborn, Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics, 1994, Oxford University Press:  Upper Undergraduate level, gives readers physical insights into many phenomena and concepts.  Excellent bibliography, plus a detailed sketch of how Lorenz obtained the Lorenz equations.


Jean Khalfa (Ed), 1994, What is Intelligence ?, Cambridge University Press: In case you would think to know what intelligence is, read this book.  It sheds some interesting light.


Bart Kosko, Fuzzy thinking, 1993, Flamingo: A very accessible book about fuzzy logic and its applications.  Though, it sounds a little like a manifesto.


Bart Kasko, Neural networks and fuzzy systems, 1992, Prentice Hall: A very fascinating book about what will probably be the break-through in machine intelligence in the years to come.  A must in this area, but not easy to read.  Does contain a lot of mathematics.


Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, The tree of knowledge, The biological roots of human understanding, 1992, Scherz Verlag: What can managers learn from biologists about self organising forms, the true nature of knowledge and knowledge management.  Contains a number of interesting metaphors.


Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger, Fuzzy logic, 1993, Touchstone: a very accessible and fascinating description of a way of thinking and considering (managerial) problems which has dramatic impact on e.g. artificial intelligence, computer systems, decision support.  We don’t know yet what it will cause in management.


Merry U, 1995, Coping with uncertainty: Insights from the new sciences of chaos, self organization and complexity, Praeger: a good and easily accessible book.  Remains sometimes a little superficial, but does tackle the managerial side.


John Mingers, Self-Producing Systems: Implications and applications of autopoiesis, Plenum Press: interesting since it discusses the concept of autopoiesis in respect to managerial applications.  Therefor, rather unique in its sort. 


Gregoire Nicolis and Ilya Prigogine, Exploring complexity, 1989, Freeman: one of the bibles of complexity theory.  Not really a book to read in your bed.


Torsten Nilson, 1995, Chaos Marketing, Mc Graw Hill: not highly interested from a chaos theory point of view, but it does show some consequences of chaos in marketing.  Easy to read.


Edward Ott, Chaos in Dynamical Systems, 1993, Cambridge University Press:  Graduate level, understandable and careful style, gives reader a good grasp of the fundamentals by emphasizing main ideas and not overemphasizing technical details.


E. Peters, Chaos and order in the capital markets.


Jaap Peters en Rob Wetzels, Niets nieuws onder de zon en andere toevalligheden, 1998, Uitgeverij Contact: a remarkable and easy readable little book, that describes the application of complexity theory in management (and already therefor it is unique). Written in Dutch and accessible for everybody, certainly those having no mathematical background.  It contains very many examples and illustrations.


Ilya Prigonine and Isabelle Stengers, Orde uit chaos, Bakker Amsterdam: famous book on self-organisation and a more accessible version of the “exploring complexity” book.  Does exist in English (Order out of Chaos).


Gilbert Probst, 1987, Organiser par l’auto-organisation, Les Editions d’Organisation: again in French but an early work on self-organisation which is referred to a lot.


Ralph Stacey, 1992, Managing chaos: dynamic business strategies in an unpredictable world, Kogan Page:  One of the more interesting attempts to relate chaos theory to managerial practice.


Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice, 1989, Basil Blackwell: exactly what the subtitle says: the mathematics of chaos.  Need a good mathematics level.  However, an accessible account of the theories of bifurcation, universal scenarios and the theory of attractors.  Exists in Dutch translation (Speelt God een Spelletje ?  De structuur van chaos, Spectrum Utrecht)


Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, The collapse of chaos – Discovering Simplicity in a complex world, 1994, Viking: about the relationship between complexity and simplicity.  Deals with the creative role of chaos.  Exists in Dutch translation (Chaos geordend: de ontdekking van eenvoud in complexiteit)


Steven Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, 1994, Addison-Wesley: Undergraduate level, esplains all the relevant concepts in the qualitative theory of Ordinary Differential Equations.


Teubner G, 1993, Law as an autopoietic system, Blackwell Publishers: an area (law) in which one would not immediately expect autopoietic theories to be applied.  Not always easy to understand, sometimes a little abstract but challenging.


Paul Van Geert, 1994, Dynamic Systems of Development, Harvester Wheatsheaf: a straight application of complexity theory on developmental psychology.  Well written, interesting application, but it also contains a good introduction to complexity theory.


Mitchell Waldrop, Complexity: the emerging science at the edge of order and chaos, Penguin: A very readable nice little book about the creation and early years of the Santa Fe Institute (the most famous complexity research centre).


Solverg Wikstrom and Richard Normann, 1994, Knowledge and value: a new perspective on corporate transformation, Routledge: Interesting book if read as an introduction to knowledge management.

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