Dynamically-Complex Adaptive Systems

complex_adaptive_system Challenging situations are challenging because they're dynamically-complex adaptive systems:

  • They're made of many parts
  • That interact with each other
  • In ways that are conditioned by current and previous interactions

The behaviour of a dynamically-complex adaptive system emerges from the interactions between the parts of the system.  There are many different interaction types, the most commonly understood being:

  1. Cause-Effect
  2. Action-Reaction
  3. Feedback Loops/Vicious Cycles
  4. Conflict/Contradiction/Dilemma
  5. Bottlenecks

These interaction-types compound the complexity and the natural response of analysis (trying to make sense of things by breaking them into their component parts) frustrates sense-making, rather than aiding it.

Click here to learn about the discovery that provides a way of making sense of compounding dynamic complexity...

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