The best books on managing complexity in business and organizations

These are challenging times. Many companies, professionals and workers experience that the world around them is changing faster that it used to be. That clients, markets, technologies change their behaviour in unexpected directions, turning into new phenomena and pushing others — brands that we grew up with, employment conditions we were used to — to oblivion. To cope with the change, to not become obsolete as a business or as a professional, we have to be smarter and more effective in looking ahead. In knowing what new curve to jump on, to see change coming before it hits us.

When in search of insights, knowledge and inspiration on how to understand complexity in business and organisations around us as it unfolds, these big books are the best to deliver really new insights:

  • Fredmund Malik: Strategy for Managing Complex Systems. 2016
  • Fredmund Malik: Strategy. Navigating the Complexity of the New World. 2013, 2016
  • Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. 2015
  • Daniel Kahneman. Thinking, Fast and Slow. 2013
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Black Swan. The Impact of the Highly Improbable. 2007
  • Edgar Morin. Introduction à la pensée complexe. 2005
  • Gregory Bateson. Steps to and Ecology of Mind. 1980
  • Stafford Beer. The Heart of Enterprise, 1979
  • Stafford Beer. Brain of the Firm. 1972
  • Stafford Beer. Decision and Control. 1966
  • W. Ross Ashby. An Introduction to Cybernetics. 1956
  • W. Ross Ashby. Design for a Brain. 1952


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