Methodology of Complex Activity

Foundations of Understanding and Modelling

  • Mikhail V. Belov
  • Dmitry A. Novikov

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 300)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 1-21
  3. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 23-59
  4. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 61-83
  5. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 85-103
  6. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 105-149
  7. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 151-160
  8. Mikhail V. Belov, Dmitry A. Novikov
    Pages 161-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-223

About this book


This book develops and describes a general methodology that can be applied to any complex human activity (activity with a non-trivial, multi-level internal structure).

The structural components of complex activities are considered, and their logical, cause-and-effect, and process structures are functionally described. Considerable attention is paid to organization and management, uncertainties, and the lifecycles of activities, as well as the actors, subject matter, resources, knowledge, and methods involved. 

Several typical examples are used throughout the text to illustrate the implementation of common approaches involving the functioning of work groups, organizational units, projects, and organizations in general: a retail bank, an aircraft manufacturer, a fire department, and a nuclear power plant. In addition, the book employs a system of connected technical models, in order to ensure that the results are of practical applicability for both experts on the ground and scholars engaged in research on the general principles of how activities (practical, scientific, etc.) are organized or on the management of socio-technical systems.


Complex Activity Complex Human Activity Effectiveness of Complex Activity Process Models of Complex Activity Structural Models of Complex Activity

Authors and affiliations

  • Mikhail V. Belov
    • 1
  • Dmitry A. Novikov
    • 2
  1. 1.IBS CompanyMoscowRussia
  2. 2.V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control SciencesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-48609-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-48610-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-4182
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-4190
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