Bill McKelvey is Professor of Strategy and Organization at UCLA and the author of The New Organization Science. Prof. McKelvey consults frequently to large organizations in the US and Europe on the topics of corporate and SBU performance, school innovation, healthcare, and improving the quality of research on the strategy, organization, and management of firms. He has conducted "in-depth" field studies of more than 170 firms of all sizes and from all sectors of US enterprise, and has also served as an expert witness on a number of legal cases, mainly pertaining to assessments of management competence in bankruptcy situations.
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Complexity science as order-creation science
Volume: 6, Issue 4
Traditional ?normal? science has long been defined by classical physics and most obviously carried over into social science by neoclassical economics. Especially because of the increasingly rapid change dynamics at the dawn of the 21st century, different kinds of foundational assumptions are needed for an effective scientific epistemology. Complexity science - really ?order-creation science? - is particularly relevant because it is founded on theories explicitly aimed at explaining order creation rather than accounting for classical physicists? traditional concerns about explaining equilibrium. This article sets up the rapid change problem, and shows why evolutionary theory is not the best approach for explaining entrepreneurship and organizational change dynamics. New theories from order-creation science are briefly presented. The continuing centrality of models in scientific realist definitions of modern science is brought to center stage. Agent-based computational models are shown to be better than math models in playing the role of forcing theoretical elegance and continuing the essential experimental tradition of effective science.
What Is Complexity Science?
Volume: 3, Issue 1
Complexity and Management
Volume: 1, Issue 2
Complexity Theory in Organization Science
Volume: 1, Issue 1