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Physics - Complexity | Managing and Engineering in Complex Situations

Managing and Engineering in Complex Situations

Kovacic, Samuel F., Sousa-Poza, Andres (Eds.)

2013, VI, 267 p. 58 illus., 45 illus. in color.

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  • Provides insights on how to address problems within complex situations
  • Gives a broad overview of the conditions that will be encountered in complex situations
  • Provides a nascent theoretical foundation for the study of complex situations
With so many terms available to define the same thing, it would seem nearly irresponsible to introduce yet another term (complex situation) to describe a phenomenological state of such as a system. However, a complex situation infers both a broader meaning and imposes a different perspective. Complex in this context is dependent on understanding and reality rather than observer and knowledge.   Situation imposes a gestalt that cannot be characterized within a singular perspective that relegates paradox to a superior/subordinate hierarchy. This also infers that complex situation has no monotonic definition or each definition is by default incomplete. Therefore the perennial derivations for systems such as complex systems, system of systems, federation of systems is no longer a sufficient descriptor for complex situation.  Ergo system and its genealogy lack the constitution to define complex situations. The books' intent is to explore this pathology through a series of papers written by authors that work in complex situations and have dealt with the limitations of the status quo: systems.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » cognitive models - complex situations - complex systems - complexity - emergence - systems engineering - uncertainty

Related subjects » Complexity - Economics - Social Sciences

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