Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

Managing and Engineering in Complex Situations

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

  • 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
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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.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Sousa-Poza, Andres

    Pages 1-9

  • A Narrative of [Complex] Situations and Situations Theory

    Sousa-Poza, Andres

    Pages 13-44

  • PRISM – A Philosophical Foundation for Complex Situations

    Brewer, Van E.

    Pages 45-78

  • Understanding and Complex Situations

    Padilla, Jose J.

    Pages 79-93

  • The Gestalt Imperative: A Proposition for Understanding

    Kovacic, Samuel F.

    Pages 95-105

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing and Engineering in Complex Situations
Editors
  • Samuel F. Kovacic
  • Andres Sousa-Poza
Series Title
Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5515-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5515-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5514-7
Series ISSN
1566-0443
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour
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