Mapping the field of complexity theory: A computational approach to understanding changes in the field

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Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 2014, 16 (2), pp. 74 - 92
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The field of Complexity Theory research has grown considerably over the last two decades, but it is unclear whether the field is, or has ever been, an integrated whole. This paper uses Scientometric research techniques; a computational way to depict changes in Complexity Theory research as a whole. The field is mapped in terms of the geographic distribution of publications, the relationships between individual authors and the research fields to which they contribute, and the network of citations between publications and the sources they reference. This mapping has been used to address the question of whether there is a divide between Complexity Theory as applied to research in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Complexity Theory as used in Management research; an important consideration for those interested in the application of Complexity Theory in Management research past the level of explanatory metaphor.
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