Articles of Interest

This page simply captures and catalogues articles that we are reading and discussing around the CAS Lab. The following list is not meant to be an exhaustive compilation of literature on system complexity, but rather a locally generated sampling of interesting conversation pieces. Happy browsing.

Systems (General Concepts and Introductory Texts)

Alexander F. Siegenfeld and Yaneer Bar-Yam, An introduction to complex systems science and its applications, Complexity 2020 (July 27, 2020).

Guo K., Liu S. (2020) Basic Structures of Systems. In: Error Systems: Concepts, Theory and Applications. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control, vol 275. Springer, Cham

Amissah, M.; Gannon, T.; Monat, J. What is Systems Thinking? Expert Perspectives from the WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium of 2 October 2019. Systems 2020, 8, 6.

John Holland. (2006). Studying Complex Adaptive Systems. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity. 19 (1): 1–8.

What Is SD? Introduction to System Dynamics. System Dynamics Society.

Adams, K. M., Hester, P. T., Bradley, J. M., Meyers, T. J., & Keating, C. B. (2014). Systems theory as the foundation for understanding systems. Systems Engineering, 17(1), 112-123. doi:10.1002/sys.21255

Whitney, K.M., Bradley, J., Baugh, D.E., & Chesterman, C.W. (2015). Systems theory as a foundation for governance of complex systems. Int. J. Syst. Syst. Eng., 6, 15-32.

Nobles JD, Radley D, Mytton OT; Whole Systems Obesity programme team. The Action Scales Model: A conceptual tool to identify key points for action within complex adaptive systems. Perspect Public Health. 2021 May 15:17579139211006747. doi: 10.1177/17579139211006747. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33998333.

White KR, Begun JW, Vicenzi AE. Complexity Science, Nursing, and COVID-19. Am J Nurs. 2021 Apr 1;121(4):11. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000742420.41614.78. PMID: 33755603.

Turner, John R., and Rose M. Baker 2019. "Complexity Theory: An Overview with Potential Applications for the Social Sciences" Systems 7, no. 1: 4.


Grewatsch, S., Kennedy, S., & (Tima) Bansal, P. (2021). Tackling wicked problems in strategic management with systems thinking. Strategic Organization.

David A. Petrie, Robert Chad Swanson. (2018). The mental demands of leadership in complex adaptive systems. Healthcare Management Forum. Vol 31, Issue 5, 2018.

Carsten Kaufmann, Alexander Kock, Hans Georg Gemünden. (2020). Emerging strategy recognition in agile portfolios International Journal of Project Management. Online 17 February 2020.


Ellis, N., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (2009). Language as a complex adaptive system / Nick C. Ellis and Diane Larsen-Freeman, editors. Chichester, West Sussex, UK ;: Wiley-Blackwell.

Maldonado, Carlos. (2007). History and Complexity. Philosophical Alternatives (Философски алтернативи).Chapter 6. February 2007.

Walter Frederick Buckley. (1998[1968]). Society—a Complex Adaptive System: Essays in Social Theory.

Justice & Equity

Lana Ray, Lloy Wylie, Ann Marie Corrado, Shapeshifters, systems thinking and settler colonial logic: Expanding the framework of analysis of Indigenous health equity, Social Science & Medicine, 2021, 114422, ISSN 0277-9536,

Knowledge Translation

Alison Kitson, Alan Brook, Gill Harvey, Zoe Jordan, Rhianon Marshall, Rebekah O’Shea, and David Wilson. (2018). Using Complexity and Network Concepts to Inform Healthcare Knowledge Translation. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. v.7(3); 2018 Mar.

Climate & Ecology

Wilson, R.S., Herziger, A., Hamilton, M. et al. From incremental to transformative adaptation in individual responses to climate-exacerbated hazards. Nature Climate Change. (2020).

Schill, C., Anderies, J.M., Lindahl, T. et al. A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability 2, 1075–1082 (2019).

Song, Z.; Zhang, H.; Dolan, C. Promoting Disaster Resilience: Operation Mechanisms and Self-Organizing Processes of Crowdsourcing. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1862. 

Additional Theory

Melgarejo M. (2020) Fuzzy Worlds and the Quest for Modeling Complex-Adaptive Systems. In: Castillo O., Melin P., Kacprzyk J. (eds) Intuitionistic and Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Enhancements in Neural and Optimization Algorithms: Theory and Applications. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 862. Springer, Cham.

Peter Roolf, "Framing Wicked Problems: Harnessing Collective Intelligence with Participatory Modeling and Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping" (2020). Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series. 71.