Complexity Demystified: A Guide for Practitioners by Patrick Beautement, Christine Broenner (Paperback, 2011)
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- DescriptionPractitioners often say: 'We need to do something differently but are t sure what to do or how to do it' and 'Scientists explain complexity but don't tell you what to do in practical terms'. This book has been written to offer solutions for these practitioners - to provide an Approach for 'putting complexity to work'. Practice is, de facto, determined by changing contexts. In a specific instance, what needs doing will depend on the circumstances, and cant be bounded or decided in advance. But when most auditors, dors or managers demand tangible, target-driven results within a fixed time frame, how can practitioners convince them that working with the open principles of complexity will lead to more successful and sustainable solutions? This book is t 'yet ather' complexity book. What it offers is an in-depth, systematic, Framework that practitioners can use to focus on the dynamic phemena already active in their working context, to be able to shape and influence these phemena 'on the fly'. The authors present six case studies, including the UK Fuel Crisis (2000) and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Their Approach reveals a clear understanding of the stresses and strains that were felt throughout the crises and how these might have been handled differently had an appreciation of the underlying complexity been part of standard practice. Drawn from their own experiences and those of other practitioners, and to bridge the gap between theory, experience and practice, the authors have produced a clear and erudite 'bible' for realising the inherent benefits of 'putting complexity to work'.
- Author BiographyProfessionally, Patrick has over 25 years experience of implementing innovative studies and high-profile evaluations for government, academia and commerce and has a track record of partnering with practitioners and communities in multidisciplinary contexts and developing tools and techniques (for understanding causal mechanisms). He has been lead facilitator for a set of UK governmentsponsored workshops involving practitioners covering a three-year period and successfully collated, analysed and presented the interdependent factors in a series of detailed reports. In another Study, he was the Principal Investigator for a multinational, coalition collaboration examining crisis management and disaster response that received awards for its clarity and relevance. Patrick is co-founder and Research Director of The abaci Partnership. Christine Broenner has, for almost 20 years, been involved in the design, development and use of geographic information systems in domains such as natural resources management, environmental planning, infrastructure planning, policy implementation and urban management. She has worked with practitioners in many domains, in private companies and in international research and education institutions and she has been involved in projects in Europe, as well as in technical assistance missions for development cooperation in Asia and Africa. Through these experiences, she has become particularly interested in overcoming the lack of interoperability between data, mindsets and organisations that she encounters in many of the day-to-day situations and in the wide variety of settings in which she works.
- Author(s)Christine Broenner,Patrick Beautement
- PublisherTriarchy Press
- Date of Publication13/06/2011
- SubjectManagement & Business: General
- Place of PublicationBridport
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintTriarchy Press
- Content NoteBlack and white images
- Weight400 g
- Width170 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine56 mm
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