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Harnessing Complexity
By Robert Axelrod

Harnessing Complexity

Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier

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Harnessing Complexity by Robert Axelrod

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A state-of-the-art guide to the new field of complexity-the tool leaders use to understand how people and organizations adapt in a world of rapid change.. Harnessing Complexity will be indispensable to anyone who wants to better comprehend how people and organizations can adapt effectively in the information age. This book is a step-by-step guide to understanding the processes of variation, interaction, and selection that are at work in all organizations. The authors show how to use their own paradigm of "bottom up" management, the Complex Adaptive System-whether in science, public policy, or private commerce. This simple model of how people work together will change forever how we think about getting things done in a group."Harnessing Complexity distills the managerial essence of current research on complexity.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, Xerox Corporation and Palo Alto Research Center

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465005505
ISBN-10: 0465005500
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Evolution of Co-Operation by Robert Axelrod Evolution of Co-Operation, Paperback (April 1990)

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Author Biography - Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he is a leading expert on game theory, artificial intelligence, evolutionary biology, mathematical modeling, and complexity theory. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michael D. Cohen, Professor of Information and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, has served as an External Faculty Member of the Santa Fe Institute and as a long-term consultant at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

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