A complex adaptive systems perspective is used to examine the sustainability of the supply network in the commercial aerospace manufacturing sector. A framework for the analysis of coevolutionary dynamical change is used which examines the structure, integration methods and process dynamics within the supply network. Multiple methods are used for data collection from 8 firms in the sector. The framework identifies 14 management implications related closely to the sector’s current heterarchical supply network archetype. The management implications address known environmental factors for the sector and the broader techno-economic paradigm.
Introduction The question that we want to explore in this paper is how change really occurs in socio-economic systems, based on the ideas of ‘evolutionary drive’ put forward some years ago (Allen & McGlade, 1987). In this view the evolutionary process is driven by the interplay of processes that create micro-diversity, and the selection operated […]
INTRODUCTION Is there a “thermodynamics” that characterizes change in social and organizational networks? How do they evolve and change over time? Is there some “overall trend” in something (specific entropy production?) associated with their evolution, and hence with the passage of time? The answer cannot be too simple, because we know that civilizations rise and […]