Handbook of Research on Chaos and Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences

Handbook of Research on Chaos and Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences

Şefika Şule Erçetin (Hacettepe University, Turkey) and Hüseyin Bağcı (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Release Date: April, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 458
ISBN13: 9781522501480|ISBN10: 1522501487|EISBN13: 9781522501497|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0148-0


The concept of “chaos”, and chaos theory, though it is a field of study specifically in the field of mathematics with applications in physics, engineering, economics, management, and education, has also recently taken root in the social sciences. As a method of analyzing the way in which the digital age has connected society more than ever, chaos and complexity theory serves as a tactic to tie world events and cope with the information overload that is associated with heightened social connectivity.

The Handbook of Research on Chaos and Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences explores the theories of chaos and complexity as applied to a variety of disciplines including political science, organizational and management science, economics, and education. Presenting diverse research-based perspectives on mathematical patterns in the world system, this publication is an essential reference source for scholars, researchers, mathematicians, social theorists, and graduate-level students in a variety of disciplines.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Complex Systems Theory
  • Economics
  • Global Conflict
  • Informal Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Entropy
  • Social Networks
  • Social Policies
  • Socio-Economic Development
  • University Systems

Reviews and Testimonials

Social scientists and business researchers show how to apply the principles and methods of chaos theory and complexity theory in social sciences. Their topics include the conflict plagued East Africa region and its global impact, organizational intelligence scale for business organizations in chaotic situations, understanding entrepreneurship through chaos and complexity perspectives, emerging market sovereign debts as a means for profit maximization and portfolio diversification, and the complexity of breastfeeding on child/maternal health and counseling intervention.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Prof. Dr. Şefika Şule Erçetin graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Department of Business Administration at Anadolu University in 1984. In 1987, she started to work as a research assistant at the Division of Educational Administration, Supervision, Planning, and Economics in Hacettepe University and completed a doctorate there. In 1994, she was invited to The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a visiting scholar for six months. Since 2003, she has been working as professor. From 2009-2012 she directed many international and national projects about organizational intelligence, municipalities, vocational education, as a project coordinator. She is the president, board member and founding member of the International Science Association (ISCASS). Along with ISCASS, Prof. Dr. Şefika Şule Erçetin organized three international symposiums and is now calling for a new international symposium, the “4rd International Symposium on Chaos, Complexity and Leadership (ICCLS 2016).” She is the editor-in-chief of various different national and international journals She has had many published articles in both national and international journals. She has written seven national books, twenty-four international book chapters and edited seven international books, the latter of them were published by Springer and IGI Global. She is one of rare academicians in Turkey who is interested in chaos, complexity, and quantum leadership since 1990. She has directed many theses and she gives seminars about these topics. Her main research fields are comparative education policies, research methods, organizational intelligence, and stupidity and wisdom, leadership, migration, fuzzy logic, children at risk, women and peace studies, and social media.
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bagci is a Professor of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and Chair of the department. In 1998, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. He was a guest researcher at the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn and at the Landesverteidigungsakademie und Militarwissenshaftliches Büro des Bundesministeriums für Landesverteidigung in Vienna. He has published several books and a large number of articles on Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish-German relations. Prof. Bagci is a famous TV and Radio Commentator in both Turkey and abroad. Prof. Bagci is a member of the IISS in London and the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, Belgium. He is also the Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Institute in Ankara. Prof. Bagci has been a visiting Professor at the University of Bonn (Anna Maria Schimmel Professor) in 2007, at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2007 (Italy) and at the University of Lublin in 2008 (Poland). Prof. Bagci is widely quoted by the national and the international press. In January 2016, he was awarded with the Badge of the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art.