Investigating Work and Learning Through Complex Adaptive Organisations

This paper outlines an empirical study which investigated the question: How do professionals experience work and learning in complex adaptive organisations? A conceptual framework based on a complex adaptive systems approach (Holland, 1995) was developed for this study, introducing the concept of complex adaptive organisations. Complex adaptive organisations are used to describe the framework as well as to differentiate organisations as human social systems from other examples of complex adaptive systems found in nature (e.g. flocks of birds and computer networks). Individual participants in this study are referred to as “professionals” to differentiate them from nonhuman agents within complex adaptive organisations as well as to describe their work within office-based contexts.

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