Complexity and rationality: a material-systemic approach | International Journal of Managing Projects in Business | Ahead of Print

Ivo Velichkov posted this on LinkedIn. I can’t find an un-paywalled version.

I said:

This makes me think it would be interesting to see a Jungian/archetypal reading of complexity. I confess I’m thinking of Jordan Peterson here.

To handle ‘unwieldy outer nature’ (the chaos! the chaos!) you must build barriers, but you must also bring some chaos into the order – both structured chaos, and symbolic representation of chaos… there’s something fascinating in there!

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Complexity and rationality: a material-systemic approach

Lars Andersen, (NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway)

To understand complexity, it is necessary to develop a material-systemic process approach and to distinguish structured from unstructured complexity. The social actors construct a complex material-systemic process between themselves and nature to handle unwieldy outer nature. The material-systemic approach reveals how materiel life-world arenas are developed through increased complexity and specialization. Handling complexity is possible by materiality in general and structural material in special, the interplay between inner time (planning) and outer time (production), and between human subjects and an underlying coordination mechanism. It is a systematic organizational blockade that reproduces internal complexity as unstructured and incomprehensible complexity.

The practical models of organizing are tested to the highest degree in construction industry. It is a task to try and examine the models in other types of projects.

The paper offers a proposal to a theoretical solution to the complexity problem going back to the roots in Enlightenment and shows at the same time through practical models how increased complexity may be the most important productive force in future projects.

CoordinationConstructionCommunicationDecision makingComplexity
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Emerald Publishing Limited
04 October 2017
10 July 2018
04 August 2018

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Lars Andersen, (2018) “Complexity and rationality: a material-systemic approach”, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business,
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