InterJournal Complex Systems, 2020
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [2020]
Submission Date: 20080226
A Complexity Perspective on the Development of Workplace Women’s Status
Author(s): Wan-Jing Chang

Subject(s): CX.4

Category: Article


The main purpose of the present study is to explore the development of workplace women’s status from a complexity perspective. Based on the core concepts such as self-organized criticality, nonlinear feedback mechanism, sensitive dependence on initial conditions and deterministic chaos drew from the branch theories of complexity science, this study explain the phenomenon of phase change of workplace women’s status development, different growth traces between female workers and managers, and limit predicable capability of general linear analysis methods. The data, Human Resource Survey and Economic Statistics, is released by Taiwan government, ranging from 1978 to 2003. Qualitative and quantitative methods both are employed in the present study. The former is concept analogy, the latter includes geometrical oriented “return maps or phase portrait” and mathematical oriented “Lyapunov exponent”. The results showed that: first, the trend of workplace women’s status fitted into four phases of economic development of Taiwan is identified as S-curve, which is the same as the dissipative structure system in changing environment. Second, the status of working women is different qualitatively before and after its transition. Third, positive and negative forces of economic and society shapes the different growth traces between female workers and female managers. Fourth, the hidden patterns existed behind chaotic surface of workplace women’s status development, which leads to the limited predictability of general linear analytical methods. In addition, implications and suggestions for future research direction are discussed.

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