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Books on Complexity and Healthcare

Lindberg, Claire, Nash, Sue, and Lindberg, Curt. On the Edge: Nursing in the Age of Complexity. Bordentown, NJ: PlexusPress, 2008.




Singhal, Arvind, Buscell, Prucia, and Lindberg, Curt. Inviting Everyone: Healthcare through Positive Deviance, Bordentown, NJ: PlexusPress 2010.




Singhal, Arvind, Buscell, Prucia, and Lindberg, Curt. Inspiring Change and Saving Lives: The Positive Deviance Way, Bordentown, NJ: PlexusPress 2014.




West, Bruce. Where Medicine Went Wrong: Rediscovering the Path to Complexity, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2006.




Zimmerman, Brenda, Lindberg, Curt and Plsek, Paul. Edgeware: Lessons from Complexity Science for Health Care Leaders. Dallas, TX: VHA, Inc. 1998/2001.




Introductions to Complexity Science

Ball, Philip. Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another, New York, NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Briggs, John. Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, New York, NY, Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Buchanan, Mark. Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks, W.W. Norton & Company, 2002.

Capra, Fritjof. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, New York, NY, Anchor Books, 1996.

Gribbin, John. Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity, New York, NY: Random House, 2004.

Johnson, Steven. Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software, New York, NY, Scribner, 2001.

Johnson, Steven. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, New York, NY Riverhead Books. 2010

Kelly, Kevin. Out of Control: The Rise of Neo-Biological Civilization, Reading, MA, Addison-Wesley, 1994.

Kelso, J., Scott, and Engstrom, David A. The Complementary Nature, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006.

Lewin, Roger. Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2nd Edition, 2000.

Mitchell, Melanie, Complexity: A Guided Tour, Oxford University Press USA, 2009

Waldrop, M.M. Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos, Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Westley, Frances, Zimmerman, Brenda, and Patton, Michael Quinn, Getting to Maybe; How the World is Changed, Random House, Canada, 2006.


Complexity Science

Barabási, Albert-Lásló.Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do, Dutton, New York, NY, 2010.

Booker, Lashon, Forrest, Stephanie, Mitchell, Melanie, and Riolo, Rick. Perspectives on Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems, London: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Camazine, Scott. "Patterns in Nature,” Natural History Magazine. Vol. 112, No. 5, pp. 34-41.

Camazine, Scott, et al.Self-Organization in Biological Systems, Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Christakis, Nicholas, and Fowler, James. Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Little Brown & Co., New York, NY, 2009.

Goodwin, Brian. How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity, New York, NY: Touchstone, 1994.

Holland, John H. Emergence: From Chaos to Order, Reading, MA: Helix Books, 1998.

Jirsa, Viktor, and Kelso, J.A. Scott, eds. Coordination Dynamics: Issues and Trends, a volume in Understanding Complex Systems Series, Springer, 2004.

Kauffman, Stuart A. Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason and Religion, Basic Books, New York, 2008.

Kelso, J. A. Dynamic Patterns: The Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995.

Laughlin, Robert. A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down, Basic Books, New York, 2006.

Liebovitch, Larry S. Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr. and Driebe, Dean. Uncertainty and Surprise in Complex Systems: Questions on Working with the Unexpected, New York, NY: Springer, 2005.

Newman, M, Barabasi, A., and Watts, D., eds. The Structure and Dynamics of Networks, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Scott, Alwin, ed, The Encyclopedia on Nonlinear Science, New York: Routledge, 2005.

Strogatz, Steven. Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, New York, New York: Hyperion, 2003.


Complexity, Organizations & Management

Begun, James W. "Chaos and Complexity: Frontiers of Organization Science.” Journal of Management Inquiry. (December, 1994). Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 329-335.

Brafman, Ori and Brafman, Rom. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, Doubleday, New York, 2008.

Brafman, Ori and Beckstrom, Rod. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, Penguin, New York, NY 2006.

Griffin, Douglas and Stacey, Ralph. Complexity and the Experience of Leading Organizations, London: Routledge, 2005.

Lane, David, and Maxfield, Robert. "Strategy under Complexity: Fostering Generative Relationships.” Long Range Planning. (April 1996). Vol. 29, pp. 215-231.

Lewin, Roger and Regine, Birute. Weaving Complexity and Business: Engaging the Soul at Work. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

McCandless, Keith and Lipmanowicz, Henri. The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation. Liberating Structures Press, 2014.

McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr. and Walls, Michelle E. "Diversity as a Management Strategy: A View Through the Lenses of Chaos and Quantum Theories.” Journal of Management Inquiry. (December 1997). Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 363-375.

Morgan, Gareth. Images of Organization, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2nd Edition, 1997.

Petzinger, Thomas. The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who are Transforming the Workplace and Marketplace, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Shaw, Patricia. Changing Conversations in Organisations: A Complexity Approach to Change, London: Routledge, 2002.

Stacey, Ralph. Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics, London: Prentice Hall, 2007

Stacey, Ralph. Complexity and Group Processes: A Radically Social Understanding of Individuals, Brunner-Routledge, 2003.

Stacey, Ralph D., Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations: Learning and Knowledge Creation, Routledge, 2001.

Weick, Karl E., and Kathleen M. Sutcliff. Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Wegner, Etienne. Communities of Practice, Learning, Meaning and Identity, London: Cambridge Press, 2003.


Complexity, Healthcare, Nursing & Medicine

Anderson, Ruth, Crabtree, Benjamin, Steele, David J., McDaniel, Reuben R. "Case Study Research: The View From Complexity Science.” Qualitative Health Research. (2005). Vol. XX, No. X, pp. 1-17.

Anderson, R. A., Ammarell, N., Bailey, D., Colón-Emeric, C., Corazzini, K. N., Lekan-Rutledge, D., Piven, M. L., & Utley-Smith, Q. "The Power of Relationship for High Quality Long Term Care.” Journal of Nursing Care Quality. (2005). Vol. 20, No 2 pp. 103-106.

Anderson, Ruth A., Corazzini, Kirsten N., & McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr. "Complexity science and the dynamics of climate and communication: Reducing nursing home turnover.” The Gerontologist, (2004). Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 378-388.

Ashmos, Donde P., Duchon, Dennis, McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr., & Huonker, John W. "What a mess! Participation as a simple managerial rule to "complexify” organizations,” Journal of Management Studies, (2002, March). Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 189-206.

Ashmos, Donde P., Duchon, Dennis and McDaniel, Reuben. "Physicians and Decisions: A Simple Rule for Increasing Connections in Hospitals.” Health Care Management Review. Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 109-115.

Bassingthwaigthe, L, Liebovitch, L, and West, B. Fractal Physiology, London: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Begun, J., Zimmerman, B., and Dooley, K. "Health Care Organizations as Complex Adaptive Systems," with B. Zimmerman and K. Dooley, in Advances in Health Care Organization Theory. Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Beuter, A, and Glass, Leon, eds. et al, Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine, Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, Vol. 25, New York: 2003.

Buchman, Timothy G. "The Community of the Self,” Nature. (November 14, 2002). Vol. 420, pp. 246-251.

Cohen, Deborah, McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr., Crabtree, Benjamin, F. et al. "A practice change model for quality improvement in primary care practice,” Journal of Healthcare Management, (2004). Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 155-168.

Goldberger, Ary L., Amaral, Luis A. N., Hausdorf, Jeffrey M., Ivanov, Plamen Ch., Peng, C.-K., Stanley, Eugene H. "Fractal dynamics in physiology, Alterations with disease and aging,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (February 19, 2002). Vol. 99, Suppl. 1. pp. 2466-2472.

Godin, Paul J. and Buchman, Timothy G. "Uncoupling biological oscillators: A complementary hypothesis concerning multiple organ dysfunction syndrome,” Critical Care Medicine. (1996). Vol. 24, No. 7, pp. 1107-1116.

McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr., Jordan, Michelle E., & Fleeman, Brigitte F. "Surprise, surprise, surprise! A complexity science view of the unexpected,” Health Care Management Review, (2003). Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 266-278.

Miller, William L., McDaniel, Reuben R., Crabtree, Benjamin F., Stange, Kurt C. "Practice Jazz: Understanding Variation in Family Practice Using Complexity Science,” The Journal of Family Practice. (2001). October, Vol. 50, No. 10, pp. 872-878.

Petty, Aaron R and Petty, Howard R. "Beyond Structural Reductionism in Biology: Complex Routes to Medical Applications,” Complexity. (2005). January-February, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 18-21.

Scott, John G., et al, "Understanding Healing Relationships in Primary Care,” Annals of Family Medicine, (2008) Vol. 6, No. 4, pp 315-322.

Seely, Andrew J. E. and Christou, Nicolas V. "Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome: Exploring the paradigm of complex nonlinear systems,” Critical Care Medicine. Vol. 28, No. 7, pp. 2193-2200.

Stroebel, Christine K., McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr., Crabtree, Benjamin F. et al. "How complexity science can inform a reflective process for improvement in primary care practices,” Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. (2005, August). Vol. 31, No. 8, pp.438-446.

Suchman, Anthony L. "A New Theoretical Foundation for Relationship-centered Care: Complex Responsive Processes of Relating,” Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2006). Vol. 21, pp. S40-44.

Suchman, Anthony L. "Linearity, Complexity and Well-being,” Medical Encounter. (2002). Vol. 16, No. 4, 17-19.

Thygeson, Marcus et al, "Adaptive Leadership and the Practice of Medicine: A Complexity-Based Approach to Reframing the Doctor-Patient Relationship,” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, (2010) Vol. 16, pp 1009-1015.

Wallezck, Jan. Self-Organized Biological Dynamics and Nonlinear Control: Toward Understanding Complexity, Chaos and Emergent Function in Living Systems, London: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

West, Bruce. "Fractal Physiology, Complexity and the Fractional Calculus,” In Fractals, Complex Systems, Ed. W. T. Coffey and Y. Kalmykov. New Jersey: Wiley. 2006.

West, Bruce and Griffin, Lori. Biodynamics: Why the Wirewalker Doesn’t Fall, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

West, Bruce. Physiology, Promiscuity and Prophecy at The Millennium: A Tale of Tails, Singapore: World Scientific, 1999.

Wetzel, Norbert A, and Winawer, Hinda. "School-Based Community Family Therapy for Adolescents at Risk,” In Kaslow, I. W. (ed.), 2002, Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. Vol. 3, New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 205-230.

White, Kenneth R. and Begun, James W. "Nursing Entrepreneurship in an Era of Chaos and Complexity," Nursing Administration Quarterly. (Winter, 1998). Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 40-47.

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