3 Complexity, Uncertainty and Surprise: An Integrated View

  • Dean J. Driebe
  • Reuben R. McDaniel
Section II Central Themes on Uncertainty and Surprise
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


The purpose of this paper is to tie together some of the major themes that emerged at the conference and in the presentations in this volume. As befits the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, one of the authors of this contribution comes from a hard sciences background in physics and the other is from business management and organization theory. We will give our perspectives on the fundamental science and organization theory behind the themes of the meeting. We will also attempt to capture some of the key ideas that are presented in the papers in this volume. We will then propose a research agenda that addresses some of the major open questions that have become clearer from the work done by the authors of these papers.


Chaotic System Chaotic Dynamic Complex Adaptive System Integrate View Complexity Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean J. Driebe
    • 1
  • Reuben R. McDaniel
    • 2
  1. 1.The Ilya Prigogine Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems, The University of Texas at Austin 
  2. 2.McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin 

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