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Applying complexity theoryWhole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work$
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Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311409

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.001.0001

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Risk, Attractors and Organisational Behaviour

Risk, Attractors and Organisational Behaviour

(p.39) Two Risk, Attractors and Organisational Behaviour
Applying complexity theory

Paul Jennings

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Chapter Two outlines from a positivist position the mathematical roots of complexity by applying these principles to the study of risk in organisations. It argues that complex causation is inherent in organisations due to the interaction of a variety of factors, ranging from direct constraints imposed externally to implicit constraints that involve operational factors such as resource management and the personal incentives of the people involved. The chapter critically analyses those underlying basic mathematical principles that underpin these scenarios, and the ways in which they shape complexity, and discusses operational approaches to managing the risks that they present.

Keywords:   positivist, organisations, complex causation, operation approaches, constraints, interaction

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