This issue of E:CO has many interesting and important ideas being developed and explored within the papers. They concern among other things how organizations evolve, and how the capacity for organizational development comes about, as well as an examination of the complexity of communication, and indeed how it is not just about the communication of […]
This paper describes how organizations experience self-organizing criticality in a crisis. Then it describes how the processes of many purposeful conversations can build the energy of self-organizing criticality to a level of high energy and creativity, and then hold the organization in this space using the Process Enneagram, co-created by the people in the organization, as a strange attractor, a container providing order and focus as well as the space and freedom for the people to make the decisions they need in order to do their work quickly and well.
The art of communication and the science of complexity are intriguing areas of thought and practice that can be examined through storytelling. In an increasingly complex world with many voices, a deeper understanding of complexity communication provides opportunities for researchers and practitioners. This paper discussion centers on Complexity Communication, and the Complex Responsive Processes within the storytelling environment. Complexity theory explores how independent agents interact with each other. Complexity is different from chaos and emerges through a process of human interaction, which is best seen through the art of storytelling. This article explores storytelling and the social construction and discursive elements within the process of human interaction. This discussion advances the call from Hoffman (2008) to embrace the ideas within complexity communication.
Can the mass utilization of biofuels help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels? Four particular types of biofuels have been the subject of extensive study in this regard: corn ethanol, sugar cane ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and biodiesel. This paper overviews the evidence from the literature on Lifecycle Assessment studies pertaining to these four fuels and finds that no definitive answer to these questions exists in the literature. The example of biofuels co-products is used to illustrate the reason why no easy answer can be arrived at from these studies. The deeper sources of variation within the literature are identified as well as the requirements that would be needed to formulate an LCA which can provide conclusive and actionable answers.
Routines and organizational capabilities are central constructs in explanations of firms’ heterogeneity and sustained competitive advantage in industries and markets. Building on the foundational contribution of Nelson and Winter, the routines and knowledge capabilities of firms have been a major focus of theorizing in many areas within innovation and management research. Despite this, numerous issues still remain unresolved, particularly regarding the specific mechanisms by which capabilities emerge and develop over time. In this paper, we contend that the evolutionary approach to the firm pioneered by Nelson and Winter can resolve existing contentious issues about the topic by adopting a complexity perspective. In particular, we argue that a view of the firm as a complex adaptive system enhances evolutionary explanations of the origin of organizational capabilities, and how these emerge and change via processes of organizational learning. In addition, we show that embedding this view within a general evolutionary framework emphasizes the role of knowledge capabilities as sources of developmental variety in the evolution of firms, and allows accounting for their creation via self-organizing processes as a fundamental dynamic force in economic evolution.
Introduction In this issue of E:CO we are reprinting the ground-breaking mathematical/chemical model of morphogenesis formulated by the remarkable English mathematician Alan Turing in the early nineteen-fifties. In parallel to John von Newman, Turing had pioneered the creation of the modern programmable computer possessing data storage capabilities. Turing’s highly innovative approach to computation and computational […]
I had once thought about writing a book called, “Keeping Busy, Can’t Complain—Staying Happy through Total Distraction”, and with the amped up social crumbling currently underway, the notion of staying totally distracted doesn’t sound like a bad thing. There’s little wonder we’ve witnessed an upsurge in the great escape brought on by Virtual Reality headsets. […]