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The entrepreneurship of nested systems: a socially complex approach


  • Desmond Ng


A classic debate faced by management scholars is whether organisational life is determined by intractable environmental constraints or is it actively created by strategic managerial choice? Such polarising perspectives however fail to account for co-evolutionary processes in which individual choice and their environment jointly shape organisational life processes. Specifically, recent developments in institutional research have called for a greater attention to bridging micro and macro level processes to explaining ordering and disordering tendencies of institutions. In drawing on complexity science, Austrian economics, social network and related institutional research, a conceptual model is developed to explain such tendencies in a nested institutional system. Such an approach offers three contributions/implications to complexity science and institutional research.

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  • Desmond Ng, 2011. "The entrepreneurship of nested systems: a socially complex approach," International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(4), pages 379-394.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijclma:v:1:y:2011:i:4:p:379-394

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