What's So New About Complexity Theory? -- Peter Murray, August 4, 2002

46th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Shanghai, P.R. China, August 2-6, 2002.

Sunday, August 4, 2002, 1:45 p.m., Session on Systems Practice

This digest was created in real-time during the meeting, based on the speaker's presentation(s) and comments from the audience. These should not be viewed as official transcripts of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a single individual. Lapses, grammatical errors, and typing mistakes may not have been corrected. Questions about content should be directed to the originator. These notes have been contributed by David Ing (daviding@systemicbusiness.org) at the IBM Advanced Business Institute ( http://www.ibm.com/abi ).

[only 2 of 6 papers showed up for the Systems Practice session, so the time expanded]

Less to be gained by mathematical approach

Two complexity narratives:



If you think about the interactions, the shape of the attractor can change.

Fitness: Stuart Kauffman

Self-Organization: Even some mechanical systems organize themselves.

Teaching on the MBA

Ofori Dankwa and Julian (2001)

Metaphors are interesting.


Metaphors: learning in one field can be applied in another field.

Is there a strong cultural component in metaphors?

Was sent to Santa Fe Institute for a weekend.

Metaphors versus models.

MBA students, half of whom are technical.


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