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Escaping the complexity dilemma

Newell, Barry; Proust, Katrina


The characteristic behaviour of a social-ecological system (SES) emerges from feedback interactions between its parts. This means that its response to human activities cannot be predicted on the basis of studies of its individual parts taken separately. As expressed by Ackoff (1986), “A system is more than the sum of its parts; it is the product of their interactions. If taken apart, it simply disappears”. But anyone who tries to look at an SES as a whole will be overwhelmed by its complexity –...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.9774/GLEAF.9781315620329_6


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