Behavioral Science / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Management Science / Marketing / Research in the Field

The Practitioner on Complexity

Complexity is… well… complex! Next week we are starting a month-long series on this topic! So The Practitioner thought it would be fun (and it actually was) to learn more about who’s doing what in the “big world” of complexity.

The PractitionerLet’s start with some definitions!


The quality or state of not being simple: the quality or state of being complex; a part of something that is complicated or hard to understand (The Practitioner already knew that!)


Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many parts where those parts interact with each other in multiple ways. The study of these complex linkages is the main goal of complex systems theory. (Kind of knew this, too!)

So… on to something more interesting!

Let’s see “How Peter Drucker Thought about Complexity” (Harvard Business Review)

Or… for something more challenging, how about:

The Surprising Origins of Evolutionary Complexity” (Scientific American)

And… Who can think of complexity without thinking of MIT’s media lab?

Want to know the latest from one of the world’s most complex educational institutions?
Join “A Media Lab Virtual Visit:  An Unhangout with 10 Media Lab Students” this Friday at 11:00AM EDT

One more from the “mother of mindfulness,” Elaine Langer.

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Wait – there is an entire “Journal of Complexity“?

And if you still can’t get enough, you can go to the London School of Economics summer program:

Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organizational Transformation
30 June 30 – July 4 2014 at Schumacher College, Devon

Or you can just stand by until next Wednesday when your colleagues will begin publishing their articles on Complexity and Family Enterprise!

Yours in Practice,

The Practitioner


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s