ERIC Number: ED345321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Mathematical Modeling of Chaotic Social Structures.
Marion, Russ; Richardson, Michael D.
Chaos theory describes the way systems change over time. It proposes that systems governed by physical laws can undergo transitions to a highly irregular form of behavior and that although chaotic behavior appears random, it is governed by strict mathematical conditions. This paper applies chaos theory to administrative and organizational issues. Three goals are addressed. First, the use of chaos theory to model social dynamics is justified. Second, organizational theory is defined from a chaos perspective. Finally, the mathematics of chaos is applied to a simple issue of informational theory to demonstrate how new perspectives of social dynamics are gained. (34 references) (Author/RR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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