The right worldview is a necessary precondition for sustainable and effective design. If the world view is reductionist or simplistic, ignoring important unknowns, the design will reflect this weakness. As entrepreneurship is a naturally complex system, it is necessary to study entrepreneurial phenomena by applying the frame of complexity science. Despite this reality, most entrepreneurship … Continue reading A Complex Ecological Worldview Of Entrepreneurship
Since entrepreneurship is a complex domain, proposed design solutions must recognize complexity as a core design challenge. It must also consider the disposition and bounded rationality of the decision-making agent in question. I have recently read an article by Herbert A. Simon "Can there be a science of complex systems?" in which he listed 4 … Continue reading What should be in a complexity friendly design solution for entrepreneurship
A complexity critic of cognitive reductionism. In the paper "From representation to emergence: complexity’s challenge to the epistemology of schooling" Deborah Osberg, Gert Biesta and Paul Cilliers challenges the ‘spatial epistemology’ of representation by using ideas from complexity. Key takes In this paper they explore possibilities for an alternative ‘temporal’ understanding of knowledge in its … Continue reading From Representation to Emergence by Osberg, Biesta and Cilliers
This is an updated version of my previous blog post that explored the flaws of effectuation. The series has two more posts which you can read here and here . The empirical evidence for effectuation came from the study of expert entrepreneurs conducted by Saraswathy. She contrasts her study on entrepreneurial expertise with entrepreneurial performance … Continue reading Why expertise theory of effectuation (and entrepreneurship) is flawed?
Eric Ries(2011) introduced the concept of Actionable metric and Vanity metric by taking the example of a test preparation company called Grockit. This made me think about the formidable role Lean-startup played in the matricization of entrepreneurship culture. According to Eric Ries, "When cause and effect is clearly understood, people are better able to learn … Continue reading GRE’isation of entrepreneurship
I have already posted about Kahneman and Klein(2009) arguing that “Skilled intuitions will only develop in an environment of sufficient regularity, which provides valid cues to the situation”. In the following short video, Daniel Kahneman elaborates some of the conditions that are necessary for genuine expertise to develop. https://youtu.be/ksopQLMQsq8
Activity-Centred Analysis and Design (ACAD) is a meta-theoretical framework for understanding and improving local, complex, learning situations developed by Peter Goodyear and colleagues https://petergoodyear.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/new-figure-5.jpg?w=1024 I have recently posted an abstract about the framework. Here is a blogpost link and a short video introduction to the framework Blogpost link: ACAD: Activity-Centred Analysis and DesignFollowing is a short … Continue reading ACAD framework for complex learning situations
Synergetics is an interdisciplinary theoretical approach that studies self-organization in complex systems(systems that are characterized by openness, dynamics, and complexity). It was developed by physicist Hermann Haken(1969) through his research experiments on laser light. He noticed unpredictable patterns emerging that cannot be explained by linear models. The properties of light change in a self-organized manner … Continue reading Entrepreneurship and Synergetics
In the last few posts, I have been developing the idea of effectuation as a self-organization principle against the idea of expertise acquired by entrepreneurs via experience and deliberate practice. Following are two blog posts in which I have elaborated my thoughts. Why expertise theory of effectuation is flawed?; Here I argue why expertise framing of effectuation … Continue reading Effectual Self-Organization: Could it be a mindful praxis for self-organization
According to Paul Cilliers(1998), "the capacity for self-organisation is a property of complex systems which enables them to develop or change internal structure spontaneously and adoptively in order to cope with, or manipulate, their environment". To him, different systems that share the property of self-organisation will not necessarily exhibit the same range of characteristics. A … Continue reading Self-Organization: Paul Cilliers and Saraswathy
I think, approaching effectuation as a self-organization theory/logic for complex domains is more appropriate than viewing it as the possession of a so-called expert entrepreneur. ( I have tweeted about this topic earlier) Following are some reasons; Firstly, Most of the effectuation principles are universal and have corresponding concepts from complexity science(Click Link). This means it … Continue reading Effectuation as an action theory for complex domains
In complexity and evolution, heterogeneity is an asset. The more the relevant elements of variation present(requisite variety ) in a system, the more resilient and evolvable a system will become. Despite that, most entrepreneurship models are proposed as solutions for the problems of the existing one. It is often pitched as better that the previous one, … Continue reading Entrepreneurship models: Excluding others by omission or prescription.
This is an amazing list of videos that covers a lot of foundational thinkers and their ideas about complexity. Speakers include; Peter Allen – Embracing Complexity David Byrne – Complexity and the Social Sciences Chris Mowles in the legacy of Ralph Stacey – Complex Responsive Processes Rika Preiser talking about the legacy of Paul Cilliers … Continue reading Playlist: Nonlinear and Complex Physics Group
Entrepreneurial behavior is often depicted as results of calculated rational action and seen to arise from a reasoned, judgement of a strategic high IQ genius . An alternative model i.e., an unreasoned, impulse-driven pathway remains to be empirically explored. A recent paper "Impulsivity and entrepreneurial behaviour: Exploring an unreasoned pathway" by Michael L Pietersen and … Continue reading Impulsivity and entrepreneurial behavior