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Business Complexity & the Global Leader Conference
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10/17/2011 to 10/19/2011
When: October 17-19, 2011
Where: Suffolk University
Sargent Hall
120 Tremont St
Boston, MA  02116
Contact: Greta Meszoely

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Business Complexity & the Global Leader Conference
Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
October 17-19, 2011
Presented by: Suffolk University Center for Business Complexity and Global Leadership

Featured Speakers
Geoffrey West, The Santa Fe Institute
Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University
Kathleen C. Engel, Suffolk University, Law School
Ren Y. Cheng, Fidelity Investments
Eric Bonabeau, Icosystem

The mission of the Center for Business Complexity and Global Leadership at Suffolk University is to bring leaders in industry and academia to explore complex systems in business to support dialogue and the advancement of knowledge and practice. Our annual conference was developed in keeping with this goal. Complexity science as a discipline emerged out of the understanding that today's problems can not be solved through traditional means alone, but rather through interdisciplinary study that challenges the boundaries of traditional sciences. Our Recent global events including the current economic crisis, the Arab Spring, the Tohoko earthquake and Tsunami, Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul that had lasting, cascading effects on our social, political, business, and economic, and even geographic systems has thrust complexity science to mainstream dialogue and study. In what Steven Hawking has termed the "century of complexity" industry leaders understand the importance of understanding complex systems. The 2010, IBM CEO study of 1500 global leaders reported that complexity was cited as the most significant issue facing leaders today. There is no doubt that understanding the organization and the economy as a complex adaptive system is one of the most important competencies for effective leaders.

Business systems are not just complex. We have learned that economic and social networks follow patterns of emergence, adaptation, and self-organization similar to systems found in our natural and social world. These dynamics are due to the influence of a landscape and environment relative to other agents and networks. These complex adaptive systems demonstrate systemic behavior within ill-defined boundaries. Complexity science offers insights into how systems behave and, in turn, lead to a better understanding of the impact of our day to day and long-term decision-making. Understanding complex systems is fundamental to effective leadership. Moreover, it has provided us with the knowledge that our traditional tools, that focus on reducing and controlling systems, inhibit our ability to harness this complexity to mitigate risk and exploit opportunity.

The Second Annual Business Complexity and Global Leadership will bring global leaders in business and scholarship together with participants from around the world to support dialogue and understanding of business complexity.

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