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The edge of organization : chaos and complexity theories of formal social systems

Author: Russ Marion
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Edge of Organization offers a readable, comprehensive, and integrated overview of the new sciences of chaos and complexity. Author Russ Marion describes formal and social organizations from the perspective of chaos and complexity theories. His multidisciplinary approach will appeal to students and scholars across a wide range of social sciences. This book is generously illustrated and includes comprehensive
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Marion, Russ.
Edge of organization.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, ©1999
(OCoLC)655010332
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russ Marion
ISBN: 0761912657 9780761912651 0761912665 9780761912668
OCLC Number: 39699960
Description: xv, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Edge of Organization. Einstein's Island. A Brief Overview of Chaos and Complexity. Implications --
2. Chaos and Organization. The Blind Scientists. An Alternative Explanation of Complex Behavior: Chaos Theory --
3. Organization at the Edge. Complexity and Chaos --
4. Shifting Historical Premises to the Edge of Chaos. God of the Gaps. Pervasive Problems: Order, Randomness, and Causality. The First of Newton's Legacies: Social Physics. Kant and Teleology. Darwin, Spencer, Social Darwinism. Structural Functionalism and Homeostasis. Nonlinear History --
5. A Nonlinear Redaction of Open Systems. Holistic Systems. Systems and Environment: Interaction and Energy Transfer. Feedback. Living Social Systems. A Model of Complex Systems.
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