Recent advances in the study of complexity have given scientists profound new insights into how natural innovation occurs and how its power can be exploited. Now two pioneers in the field, Robert Axelrod and Michael D. Cohen, provide leaders in business and government with a guide to complexity that will help them make effective decisions in a world of rapid change. Building on evolutionary biology, computer science, and social design, Axelrod and Cohen have constructed a unique framework for improving the way people work together. Their approach to management is based on the concept of the Complex Adaptive System, which can describe everything from rain forests to the human gene pool, and from automated software agents to multinational companies. The authors' framework reveals three qualities that all kinds of managers must cultivate in their organization:
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Advance praise for Harnessing Complexity:
Harnessing Complexity distills the managerial essence of current research in complexity. Any manager confronted with disruptive change will find that Axelrod and Cohen have made a very valuable contribution to the emerging theory of competition and competitive advantage.
--C. K. Prahalad, University of Michigan, coauthor of Competing for the Future
A brilliant exposition that demystifies both the theory and use of complex adaptive systems.
--John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation, and Director, Palo Alto Research Center
Insightful and refreshingly honest, Axelrod and Cohen have created a major contribution to complexity literature.
--Ellen H. Goldberg, President, Santa Fe Institute
There has always been a fairly wide gap between theoretical work on complex adaptive systems and its application to real world problems confronting business and public policy. Harnessing Complexity builds a highly practical bridge between these worlds, drawing on the deep insights of two thinkers who were there at the beginning of the complexity revolution.
--Francis Fukuyama, author of The Great Disruption and The End of History
You can't control complex systems, but you can influence them. Harnessing Complexity shows how. It is the first book to show how to make complexity work for you.
--Hal Varian, Dean School of Information & Management Systems, University of California, Berkeley, and coauthor of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy
Very very impressive! Enables readers to sense the power of the concepts. Useful for people who want an introduction to complex adaptive systems and how Axelrod and Cohen's framework might be applied.
--Dr. Bruce Abell, a managing director of the Santa Fe Center for Emergent StrategiesAbout the Author:
Robert Axelrod is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. The author of The Evolution of Cooperation. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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