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COMMplexity – Research


Communication research using complexity perspective is a burgeoning area of knowledge creation, built out of systems theory. Much of what we see from the complexity perspective in the social sciences is derived from biological science. However, the social sciences have begun to embrace complexity perspective. 

What you will find on this page is research from communication and other disciplines that lend themselves to furthering the study of complexity in organizational communication. As organizational communication enters the realm of complexity perspective, we hope to grow the research resources on this page. 

Resources for Research

Collaborative Research Efforts

Warwick Complexity Complex at the University of Warwick.


Current Research and Ideas on Complexity in Organizational Communication

Anderson, R., Crabtree, B., Steele, D., & McDaniel, R. (2005). Case study research: The view from complexity science. Qualitative Health Research, 5, 69-685. Retrieved from

Gilpin, D., & Miller, N. (2013). Exploring complex organizational communities: Identity as emergent perceptions, boundaries and relationships. Communication Theory, 23, 148-169. doi: 10.1111/comt.12008 

Gupta, A., & Anish, S. (2012). Insights from complexity theory: Understanding organizations better. Retrieved from

Moldoveanu. M., & Bauer, R. (2004). On the relationship between organizational complexity and organizational structuration. Organization Science, 15(1), 98-118. doi: 1526-5455/04/1501/0098 

Smith, A. (2004). Complexity theory and change management in sport organizations. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 6(1-2), 70-79. Link:

Stacey, R.  (1996). Complexity and creativity in organizations. San Fransisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Wheatley, M. (1992). Leadership and the new science: Learning about organization from an orderly universe. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Wheatley, M. (1996). Self-organization: The irresistible future of organizing. Strategy and Leadership, 24(4), 18-24. Doi: 10.1108/eb054560

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Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:01:25 AM