The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives
Chapter 8: Complexity Theory and Process Organization Studies
Complexity Theory and Process Organization Studies
Introduction: Linking Process Theory with Complexity Theory
Complexity theory can contribute to process organizational studies (PROS) in two important ways: First, complexity theory can help PROS researchers construct better models of organizing processes. A subset of the organizing processes we observe generates emergent and self-organizing outcomes. Complexity theory advances process researchers’ efforts to specify causal models for this subset. It does this by offering a menu of novel concepts and mechanisms: agents with schemata, self-organizing networks sustained by importing energy, coevolution to the edge of chaos, and system evolution based upon recombination (Anderson, 1999a: 216). Moreover, complexity theory equips researchers with techniques such as agent-based simulation and abductive reasoning that help ...