Management for Professionals

Managing Complexity in Social Systems

Leverage Points for Policy and Strategy

Authors: Mandl, Christoph

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  • Provides tools, cases and examples that help readers manage complexity and systems thinking
  • Presents innovative ways to address complex and urgent problems such as global climate change, innovation management, and the tragedy of the commons
  • Includes tips on how to manage complexity in a highly interconnected world
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Why do policies and strategies often fail, and what can be done about it? How can complexity be managed in cases where it cannot be reduced? The answers to these questions are anything but trivial, and can only be found by combining insights from complexity science, system dynamics, system theory and systems thinking. Rooted in the seminal works of Gregory Bateson, Jay Forrester, Donella Meadows, Peter Senge, W. Brian Arthur, John Sterman and Thomas Schelling, this book bridges the gap between rigorous science and real-life experience to explore the potential and limitations of leverage points in implementing policies and strategies. It also presents diagnostic tools to help recognize system archetypes, as well as the powerful language of stock and flow diagrams, which allows us to think in terms of circular causality. These tools are subsequently employed to thoroughly analyze particularly thorny problems such as global climate change, the tragedy of the commons, path dependence, diffusion of innovations, and exponential growth of inequality.

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Christoph E. Mandl, PhD in Operations Research at the ETH Zurich; Senior Lecturer at the Department of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna; Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; founding member of the Global Association of Society for Organizational Learning Communities; founding member of the Austrian Society of Operations Research; former member in the Management and Technology Area, IIASA - International Institute of Applied System Analysis; Chair of the Panel “Monitoring 2004 - Implementation of Activities under the EC and Euratom Framework and Corresponding Specific Programmes”.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Complexity in Social Systems
Book Subtitle
Leverage Points for Policy and Strategy
Authors
Series Title
Management for Professionals
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01645-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01645-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01643-2
Series ISSN
2192-8096
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 222
Number of Illustrations
221 b/w illustrations
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