Introduction: coping with growing complexity in society

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Emergence, the coming-into-being of new entities, new organizations, or new structures out of the interactions of individual agents in networks, is becoming a central concept in today's management literature. We are now evolving from the age of reductionism to the age of emergence, meaning that organizations in the connected society can no longer predict what is going to happen but will find themselves continuously doing things (creating value) in co-evolution with their environment, things that are not necessarily in line with actions planned in advance. In such a dynamic environment managers must learn to enable emergent processes in real time if an organization is to turn unpredictability to its competitive advantage. The importance of the perspective of emergence is introduced in regard to the growing complexity in society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Complex issues
  • complicated issues
  • emergence


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