From Reductive to Robust: Seeking the Core of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory

From Reductive to Robust: Seeking the Core of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory

Steven E. Wallis (Independent Consultant, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-717-1.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter seeks to identify the core of complex adaptive systems (CAS) theory. To achieve this end, this chapter introduces innovative methods for measuring and advancing the validity of a theory by understanding the structure of theory. Two studies of CAS theory are presented that show how the outer belt of atomistic and loosely connected concepts support the evolution of a theory; while, in contrast, the robust core of theory, consisting of co-causal propositions, supports the validity and testability of a theory. Each may be seen as being derived from differing epistemologies. It is hoped that the tools presented in this chapter will be used to support the purposeful evolution of theory by improving the validity of intelligent complex adaptive systems (ICAS) theory.

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