Complexity in Business Environments

Vasconcelos, F. and Ramírez, Rafael (2011) Complexity in Business Environments. Journal of Business Research, 64 (3). pp. 236-241.


This article analyzes the concept of complexity from an epistemological point of view, drawing a distinction between complexity (contextual complexity) and complication (procedural complexity). This article explores some organizational consequences of increasing complexity in organizational environments as management must cope with complexity at three different levels — internal, transactional environment, and contextual environment. The authors propose a model of managerial competencies in terms of complexity requirements and overview some consequences of this model for organizational learning and competence building processes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Environment; Context; Competence; Complexity; Process; Management
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2012 14:17
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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