Context and Complexity

Cultivating Contextual Understanding

  • Magoroh Maruyama

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Enrique G. Herrscher, Roberto M. Herrscher, Marcelo Diamand
    Pages 35-81
  3. Gilbert J. B. Probst, Peter Gomez
    Pages 91-108
  4. Albert Somit
    Pages 109-124
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-145

About this book


An original view of interdisciplinary thinking and its applications is given in this book. It aims to help the reader develop a contextual way to understand and act in complex situations. The book is based on a G-type principle: heterogenetic, interactive and pattern-generating. Each chapter is not only interdisciplinary, but also contextual and relational. They correspond to each of the six ways of cultivating contextual understanding. Five of the chapters give concrete examples; three of them center on examples from business management. This is because business management has become a frontier of complexity requiring contextual thinking; it is useful epistemologically to those in the humanities, social and natural sciences. The sixth chapter theoretically summarizes all the concrete examples.


aesthetics biology business complex complexity culture education management networks politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Magoroh Maruyama
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International Politics, Economics, and BusinessAoyama Gakuin UniversityShibuya, TokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods