Complexity and Action: Reflections on Decision Making and Cybernetics

Business Systems Review (ISSN 2280-3866), 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 38-47

10 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2013 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013

Date Written: April 7, 2013

Abstract

This paper highlights some theoretical and epistemological reflections about the relevance of action for managerial studies. These reflections show how the cybernetic paradigm of complexity management can be used for better decision making that unites knowledge and action in a comprising, dynamic, and evolving approach. Cybernetics can help to overcome the fear of decision making in the face of uncertainty in complex scenarios, and can be an effective tool for improving the viability and competitiveness of firms in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Cybernetics, Systems thinking, Knowledge, Action, Action research, Systemic practice, Decision making, Prototype, Kybernetes

JEL Classification: L2, D8, M00

Suggested Citation

Dominici, Gandolfo, Complexity and Action: Reflections on Decision Making and Cybernetics (April 7, 2013). Business Systems Review (ISSN 2280-3866), 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 38-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2246407

Gandolfo Dominici (Contact Author)

University of Palermo - d/SEAS ( email )

Viale delle Scienze, edificio 13
Palermo, 90124
Italy

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