© 1992

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

  • Book Title Context and Complexity
  • Book Subtitle Cultivating Contextual Understanding
  • Editors Magoroh Maruyama
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97542-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7660-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-2768-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 145
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Management
    Psychology, general
    Medicine/Public Health, general
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