The Engine of Complexity

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ISBN: 9780231535281
Release Date: 2013-06-18
Number of pages: 416
Author: John Mayfield
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Download and read online The Engine of Complexity in PDF and EPUB The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and more recently, management science and economics. In this new title, John Mayfield elegantly synthesizes core concepts from across disciplines to offer a new approach to understanding how evolution works and how complex organisms, structures, organizations, and social orders can and do arise based on information theory and computational science. This is a big picture book intended for the intellectually adventuresome. While not deeply technical or mathematical in style, the text challenges readers and rewards them with a nuanced understanding of evolution and complexity that offers consistent, durable, and coherent explanations for major aspects of our life experiences. Numerous examples throughout the book illustrate evolution and complexity formation in action and highlight the core function of computation lying at the heart of the book.


Innovation Evolution and Complexity Theory

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ISBN: 1781956413
Release Date: 2006-03-29
Number of pages: 176
Author: Koen Frenken
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Download and read online Innovation Evolution and Complexity Theory in PDF and EPUB The motivation behind this book is the desire to integrate complexity theory into economic models of technological evolution. By means of developing an evolutionary model of complex technological systems, the book contributes to the neo-Schumpetarian literature on innovation, diffusion and technological paradigms.


Frontiers of Complexity

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ISBN: 0449910814
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 462
Author: Peter V. Coveney
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Download and read online Frontiers of Complexity in PDF and EPUB A groundbreaking book explores the dynamic, emerging concept of complexity and its relationship to mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry, and provides an arresting account of how far science has come and what to expect in the rapidly approaching future. Reprint.


The Atlas of Economic Complexity

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ISBN: 9780262525428
Release Date: 2014-01-17
Number of pages: 368
Author: Ricardo Hausmann
Publisher: MIT Press

Download and read online The Atlas of Economic Complexity in PDF and EPUB Maps capture data expressing the economic complexity of countries from Albania to Zimbabwe, offering current economic measures and as well as a guide to achieving prosperity


Complexity

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ISBN: 9780195178760
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 300
Author: Nam P. Suh
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Download and read online Complexity in PDF and EPUB Nam P. Suh focussed his axiomatic design theories on methods to understand and deal with complexity. Suh is a well-respected designer and researcher in the fields of manufacturing and composite materials. He is best known for his systems that aim to speed up and simplify the process of design for manufacturing. The 'axioms' in axiomatic design refer to a process to help engineers reduce design specifications down to their simplest components, so that the engineers can produce the simplest possible solution to a problem. Complexity, besides being a key area of burgeoning research in disciplines interested in complex systems and chaos theory (like computer science and physics), is a complicating factor in engineering design that many engineers find difficult to overcome. Suh's multidisciplinary exploration of complex systems is meant to eliminate much of the confusion and allow engineers to accommodate complexity within simple, elegant design solutions.


Innovation Evolution and Complexity Theory

Filename: innovation-evolution-and-complexity-theory.pdf
ISBN: 1781956413
Release Date: 2006-03-29
Number of pages: 176
Author: Koen Frenken
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Download and read online Innovation Evolution and Complexity Theory in PDF and EPUB The motivation behind this book is the desire to integrate complexity theory into economic models of technological evolution. By means of developing an evolutionary model of complex technological systems, the book contributes to the neo-Schumpetarian literature on innovation, diffusion and technological paradigms.


Embracing Complexity in Design

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ISBN: 9781135228781
Release Date: 2009-09-10
Number of pages: 232
Author: Katerina Alexiou
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Embracing Complexity in Design in PDF and EPUB Outlining state-of-the-art developments in the area of complexity and design, this book collates them into a unique and authoritative resource for both the design and complex systems communities. The book is based on research which focuses on a variety of different themes and domains, including architecture, engineering, environmental design, art, fashion and management. A ground-breaking publication marking a new era of appreciation of the import of complexity on design, this book is essential reading for those studying complexity or design.


Energy

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ISBN: 9780444518866
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 190
Author: Frank Niele
Publisher: Elsevier

Download and read online Energy in PDF and EPUB Energy: Engine of Evolution is a book about evolution, energy and sustainable development. Since the origin of life, five energy revolutions have passed and Earth is again at the threshold of a new era. This highly practical book paves the way in the search for efficient techniques. In it, the author argues that a sixth energy revolution is required to support the new way of life, and explores possible energy pathways to a more endurable future. Packed with inspiring insights, and examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments, Energy: Engine of Evolution is exceptional reading for business professionals, politicians and scientists. * Provides evolutionary insight * Introduces an Energy Time Scale that shows key relationships between energy and the history of planet Earth * Contains exciting examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments


The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management

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ISBN: 9781446209745
Release Date: 2011-03-18
Number of pages: 672
Author: Peter Allen
Publisher: SAGE

Download and read online The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management in PDF and EPUB The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management is the first substantive scholarly work to provide a map of the state of art research in the growing field emerging at the intersection of complexity science and management studies. Edited and written by internationally respected scholars from management and related disciplines, the Handbook will be the definitive reference source for understanding the implications of complexity science for management research and practice. Part One: Foundations introduces complexity science and its implications for the foundations of scientific knowledge, including management knowledge. Part Two: Applications presents the numerous ways in which complexity science models and tools, as well as complexity thinking, are being applied to management and organizational phenomena and the insights gained as a result. Part Three: Interfaces highlights how complexity science is transforming various non-management fields and, in so doing, creating exciting interfaces for bridging between management and related disciplines.


Health Care Regulation in America

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ISBN: 0199748063
Release Date: 2006-11-09
Number of pages: 352
Author: Robert I. Field
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online Health Care Regulation in America in PDF and EPUB Regulation shapes all aspects of America's fragmented health care industry, from the flow of dollars to the communication between physicians and patients. It is the engine that translates public policy into action. While the health and lives of patients, as well as almost one-sixth of the national economy depend on its effectiveness, health care regulation in America is bewilderingly complex. Government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels direct portions of the industry, but hundreds of private organizations do so as well. Some of these overseers compete with one another, some conflict, and others collaborate. Their interaction is as important to the provision of health care as are the laws and rules they implement. Health Care Regulation in America is a guide to this regulatory maze. It succinctly recaps the past and present conflicts that have guided the oversight of each industry segment over the past hundred years and explains the structure of regulation today. To make the system comprehensible, this book also presents the sweep of regulatory policy in the context of the interests, values, goals, and issues that guide it. Chapters cover the process of regulation and each key area of regulatory focus - professionals, institutions, financing arrangements, drugs and devices, public health, business relationships, and research. In a uniquely American way, the system thrives on confrontation between competing interests but survives by engendering compromise. Robert Field shows that health care regulation is an inexorable force that nurtures as well as restricts the enterprise of American health care. For the student, practitioner, executive, policy analyst, or concerned citizen, this book is an invaluable guide to the policy, politics, and practice of an industry that directly touches us all.


Complexity Explained

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ISBN: 9783540357780
Release Date: 2007-11-09
Number of pages: 397
Author: Péter Érdi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Download and read online Complexity Explained in PDF and EPUB This book explains why complex systems research is important in understanding the structure, function and dynamics of complex natural and social phenomena. It illuminates how complex collective behavior emerges from the parts of a system, due to the interaction between the system and its environment. Readers will learn the basic concepts and methods of complex system research. The book is not highly technical mathematically, but teaches and uses the basic mathematical notions of dynamical system theory, making the book useful for students of science majors and graduate courses.


Complexity Institutions and Public Policy

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ISBN: 9780857932648
Release Date: 2011
Number of pages: 392
Author: Graham Room
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Download and read online Complexity Institutions and Public Policy in PDF and EPUB I think this is a very important book. Very few people in the social sciences write books on this topic and really do justice to complexity theory. Professor Room gives a very detailed, accurate and accessible review of complexity theory as it applies to social policy. His link with institutional theory is very appropriate and his discussion on the need for regulation (a link with complexity theory that many people would never reach) is really important and well grounded. It would be of interest to academics who really want to understand the implications of complexity theory for policy making in complex and fast-changing situations and to those undertaking advanced courses in politics, economics and sociology. - Jean Boulton, University of Cranfield, UK Graham Room argues that conventional approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of social and economic change are unsatisfactory. As a result, researchers are ill-equipped to offer policy advice. This book offers a new analytical approach, combining complexity science and institutionalism. It also provides tools for policy makers in turbulent times. Part 1 is concerned with the conceptualisation of socio-economic change. It integrates complexity science and institutionalism into a coherent ontology of social and policy dynamics. Part 2 is concerned with models and measurement. It combines some of the principal approaches developed in complexity analysis with models and methods drawn from mainstream social and political science. Part 3 offers empirical applications to public policy: the dynamics of social exclusion; the social dimension of knowledge economies; the current financial and economic crisis. These are supplemented by a toolkit for the practice of agile policy making.


Simple

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ISBN: 1455509671
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Number of pages: 256
Author: Alan Siegel
Publisher: Twelve

Download and read online Simple in PDF and EPUB For decades, Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn have championed simplicity as a competitive advantage and a consumer right. Consulting with businesses and organizations around the world to streamline products, services, processes and communications, they have achieved dramatic results. In SIMPLE, the culmination of their work together, Siegel and Etzkorn show us how having empathy, striving for clarity, and distilling your message can reduce the distance between company and customer, hospital and patient, government and citizen-and increase your bottom line. Examining the best and worst practices of an array of organizations big and small-including the IRS, Google, Philips, Trader Joe's, Chubb Insurance, and ING Direct, and many more-Siegel and Etzkorn recast simplicity as a mindset, a design aesthetic, and a writing technique. In these illuminating pages you will discover, among other things: Why the Flip camera became roadkill in the wake of the iPhone What SIMPLE idea allowed the Cleveland Clinic to improve care and increase revenue How OXO designed a measuring cup that sold a million units in its first 18 months on the market Where Target got the idea for their "ClearRX" prescription system How New York City simplified its unwieldy bureaucracy with three simple numbers By exposing the overly complex things we encounter every day, SIMPLE reveals the reasons we allow confusion to persist, inspires us to seek clarity, and explores how social media is empowering consumers to demand simplicity. The next big idea in business is SIMPLE.


The Moment of Complexity

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ISBN: 0226791181
Release Date: 2003-09-01
Number of pages: 352
Author: Mark C. Taylor
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Download and read online The Moment of Complexity in PDF and EPUB We live in a moment of unprecedented complexity, an era in which change and information can move faster than our ability to comprehend them. With The Moment of Complexity, Mark C. Taylor offers a map for the unfamiliar terrain opening in our midst, unfolding an original philosophy for our time through a remarkable synthesis of science and culture.


Statistical Mechanics

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ISBN: 9780198566762
Release Date: 2006-04-06
Number of pages: 349
Author: James Sethna
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online Statistical Mechanics in PDF and EPUB Sethna distills the core ideas of statistical mechanics to make room for new advances important to information theory, complexity, and modern biology. He explores everything from chaos through to life at the end of the universe.