In search of elegance: Making the complex simple

Thomas R. Clancy

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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 article is the 11th in a series of articles applying complex systems science to the traditional management concepts of planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling. This article focuses on the idea of elegance and how it can be applied in solving complex problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-510
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


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