Management and Economics

Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management
      Emergence publishes articles of a qualitative nature relating complex systems, sensemaking, psychology, philosophy, semiotics, and cognitive science to the management of organizations both public and private. The readers of Emergence are managers, academics, consultants, and others interested in the possibility of applying the insights of the science of complex systems to day-to-day management and leadership problems. 

International Society for Systems Science
       The next meeting is in Toronto in July: This meeting will bring a nuumber of Systems societies together in one meeting, and is part of Toronto's Year 2000 celebrations.

Castor Project, Contact: Prof. Dr. René Jorna , Professor of Cognitive Science at the Department of Management Informatics.

This is a research project on Innovation, Knowledge, Conversion and Representation. The project goal is to develop and empirically test a theory of the cognitive dynamics of organizations. A project summary is available.

Complexity and Non-linear Social Systems Home Page
        This page developed as an outgrowth of a shared interest in critically employing the research techniques and concepts of complex systems, deterministic chaos theory, nonlinear process, and cultural complexity in the study of human culture, society, and spirit.

NECSI - New England Complex Systems Institute
        The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent educational and research institution dedicated to advancing the study of complex systems. Complex systems have multiple interacting components whose collective behavior cannot be simply inferred from the behavior of components. The recognition that understanding the parts cannot explain collective behavior has led to various new concepts and methodologies that are affecting all fields of science and engineering, and are being applied to technology, business and even social policy. 

The Knowledge Management Forum, Contact: Brian (Bo) Newman

The Knowledge Management Forum is a virtual community of practice focused on furthering the fundamental theories, methods, and practices collectively called - Knowledge Management - . Between 1995 and 1996 this web site was an active shared resource where anyone with an intrest in Knowledge Management was invited to join as an active participant, tell us about their background, their interests, their views on Knowledge Management and contribute material or links to be shared with others.

Common KADS, Contact Guus Schreiber

Knowledge management is part of a recent trend in business to view knowledge as a valuable asset for a value-adding organization. Companies are defining their own knowledge-management strategies for explicating, developing and distributing their knowledge assets. However, people interested in knowledge management often find that there is a lack of support techniques for practical day-to-day knowledge management. CommonKADS does not claim to be a full knowledge-management methodology, but is in practice used successfully as a powerful tool to support knowledge management. The CommonKADS analysis framework provides an extensive method for describing business processes in which knowledge-intensive tasks are carried out. The CommonKADS textbook gives a clear roadmap of how knowledge analysis and knowledge-system development can be used as techniques within an overall knowledge management approach. This provides the knowledge manager with clear handles to define a corporate knowledge-management strategy.


Linking Innovation and Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital professionals worldwide to certification programs, expert networks, knowledge resources, and electronic publishing services. Keep current with the latest in research, trends, and news. Oriented towards training.

Department of Information Studies, University of Woolongong

The Application of Activity Theory and Other Techniques to the Study of Information Systems in Organisations

This area of research is concerned with the study of information systems as tools which support the business processes and management of organisations. The group is adopting a broad, multidisciplinary approach to adapt and integrate well established and relevant theories from other disciplines for use in this study. Members have already gained recognition for their work on Information Systems and Activity Theory, the Russian cultural/historical psychology. The work is aimed, firstly, at gaining an appropriate and solid theoretical foundation for research into organisational information systems and, secondly, at providing research output relevant to IS practitioners in modern organisations.

Rodney Clarke's Homepage, Contact: Rodney Clarke

Mr. Clarke is a full member of the Information Systems in Organisations (ISORG) Research Group conducted under the auspices of the Department of Information Systems, University of Wollongong. His research interests include text linguistics and social semiotics; contextual approaches to systems development and usage; systems development failure; qualitative data analysis; hypermedia and user interface design. He is a Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Society for Semiotic Studies (ISSS), and a Foundation Member of the Australian Association for Social Research (AASR). He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Distributed Work (forthcoming), and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Zeitschrift fur Semiotik. He is the editor and creator of Organisational Semiotics: International Working Paper Series, an Internet research publication.

Decision Structures of Socio-Technical Organizations, Contact: Cliff Joslyn

Members of the Complex Systems Modeling Team of the Computer Research and Applications Group (CIC-3) of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are working on a project with the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) on the analysis of the decision structures of complex organizations dependent on information systems for communication and coordination. The project aims to develop formal representations and agent-based computer simulations of such Socio-Technical Organizations (STOs), conceived as hybrid systems with an underlying physical (dynamic, law-based) system, mediated with a layer of computer-based communication, and interacting with communities of decision-making agents or actors. Target applications include "Operations Management" (OM) STOs such as 911/Emergency Response or Search and Rescue operations.

Agent-Based Simulation, Contact: Luis Rocha

Fundamentals of Simulation LDRD DR. This project advances basic research related to simulation particularly of large socio-technical simulation. The approach relates and illustrates four research areas in simulation science using a telecommunication infrastructure analysis setting. The four areas are: 1. Sequential Dynamical Systems (SDS)[Barrett and Reidys, 1999]. SDS provide theoretical foundations for simulation as ordered composition of dependent local mappings and make connections to algorithm theory. 2. Representation for high performance computational implementation of SDS. 3. Principles of statistical design and analysis of simulation studies. 4. Foundations for assisted reasoning system design and use. Includes LANL researchers from TSA-SA, CIC-3, TSA-1, and T-7.