Coordination: New ways of harnessing complexity

Thomas R. Clancy, Carlene Anteau

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As systems evolve over time, their natural tendency is to become increasingly more complex. Studies in the field of complex systems have generated new perspectives on management in social organizations such as hospitals. Much of this research appears as a natural extension of the cross-disciplinary field of systems theory. This is the fourth of a 5-part series on applying complex systems science to the traditional management concepts of planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling. In this article, the concept of coordination is explored from a complex systems perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


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