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Developing managerial understanding of self-organisation


  • Saadia Mahmud


The self-organisation process in a complex adaptive system (CAS) in the social world exhibits many different characteristics as opposed to the natural world or mechanical simulation. Our understanding is limited in the area of complexity science's application to the social world. Based on research in three Australian SMEs, the author proposes to develop managerial understanding of self-organisation by classifying self-organisation in complex adaptive systems on the basis of agent behaviour and internal dynamics. The proposed classification distinguishes between self-organisation evident in the natural world and mechanical simulation from that evident in the social world.

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  • Saadia Mahmud, 2011. "Developing managerial understanding of self-organisation," International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(2), pages 105-115.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijclma:v:1:y:2011:i:2:p:105-115

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