InterJournal Complex Systems, 528
Status: Submitted
Manuscript Number: [528]
Submission Date: 20501
Mapping The Field: Complexity Sciences in Organization and Management
Author(s): Anonymous

Subject(s): CX.43

Category: Review Article


The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the application of complexity sciences to the organization and management theory literature. To address this issue, we searched the ABI/INFORM online database using “complexity sciences”, “self-organization” and “chaos theory”, as key words. Our initial search showed 519 pieces published between 1980 and 2000. After eliminating the non-management and non-complexity sciences articles, our final sample consisted of 142 papers published in 82 different journals between 1985 and 2000. To analyze these articles, we used Barley, Meyer, and Gash’s (1988) original triple clustering of types of academic literature -- descriptive, practice, and theory. This paper constitutes the first step in analyzing these three groups of studies in an attempt to map and aggregate the arguments of the emerging literature in the organization and management field.

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