Complexity and Creativity of Organizations

Reaction Presentation - Individual Assignment for November 26th

      When we only take Edward Lorenz’s text individually we can see that he tries to explain the possibility whether or not a flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas. The authors answer that it is in fact ‘unanswerable’ for the time being given the instability of the atmosphere and the inability of humans as of yet to take into consideration all of the variables. We learn from the text that if indeed flaps from butterfly wings are instrumental to generate a tornado then we have to consider every other activity partaken by every other species, most importantly our own as potentially incalculable. Also if the hypothesis is true and configurations change by the tiniest of things, indeed a butterfly can generate a tornado and it can also prevent one. The text agrees on the multitude of variables and most importantly admits that human errors are as so far unavoidable. On the other hand the text does disagree on the fact that it cannot prove whether or not the atmosphere is instable but evidence overwhelmingly points toward that. As far as the author thinks counter arguments are more than welcomed in light of new information or increases in technology be-they for or against the hypothesis. Finally we do have to take all of this into consideration because it’s vital for our better understanding of our environment and reacting to it accordingly.

      The text of John S. Bums about Chaos Theory and Leadership Studies: Exploring Uncharted Seas tries to broaden the perspective of readers by understanding the intricacies of chaos theory and offering a case study that is easily understandable in light of the broader structure of the text. Chaos theory is developed in the area of physics and mathematics but has increasing relevance in every area of study, prior to the development of chaos theory, the majority of scientific study involved attempting to understand the world using...