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Outstanding application of complexity concepts to management
on 10 June 1998
Books applying complex adaptive systems concepts to management and organizations have tended, in the past, to be overly academic and/or conceptual, full of wonderful ideas, but limited actionable advice. "Competing at the Edge" avoids these limitations and provides concrete advice, based on what seems to be an excellent understanding of how complexity concepts can be translated into new management strategies. The edge of chaos, the edge of time, time pacing, improvisation and other ideas are supported by extensive case study analysis. Having done significant research into this area for my own book applying complexity concepts to more tactical, project level management, this book by Brown and Eisenhardt is my favorite.