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Managing Change in Dynamic Environments: Unlocking the Power of Complex Adaptive Systems

Posted January 17, 2018 in Business & Enterprise Architecture, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies Cutter Business Technology Journal
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The authors examine the interdisciplinary theory of complex adaptive systems (CAS) and how this theory can be useful in digital transformation. They define nine properties of CAS theory, such as a constant state of flux. For each property, they describe the challenges and opportunities for digital transformation. Finally, they present CAS-based practices that enable change management.

About The Author
Roger Sweetman
Roger Sweetman is a Lecturer in information systems at Maynooth University, where he teaches IT-enabled innovation, and is also part of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. His research uses complex adaptive systems theory to explain and support dramatic change involving technology at the project, portfolio, and organizational level in dynamic environments. Previously, Mr. Sweetman was a design engineer and a portfolio manager in the… Read More
Kieran Conboy
Kieran Conboy is a Professor in information systems at NUI Galway and leads the research group with Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. His research examines contemporary technology management and design, including the concepts of temporality, flow, open innovation, and agility. Previously, Mr. Conboy worked for Accenture Consulting and the University of New South Wales. He has published over 100 articles in leading international journals… Read More
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