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Exploring the Complexity of Projects: Implications of Complexity Theory for Project Management Practice by Kurt Richardson, Lynn Crawford, Terry Cooke-Davies, Svetlana Cicmil

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CHAPTER 3

An Overview of Complex Responsive Processes of Relating (CRPR) as a Theoretical Concept

Complex responsive processes of relating (CRPR) is a theoretical concept within the conceptual palette of complexity thinking in general and complex adaptive systems in particular, which has been introduced and argued for by Stacey (1996, 2000, 2001, 2003) and his co-researchers (Stacey, Griffin, & Shaw, 2000; Fonseca, 2002; Griffin, 2002; Shaw, 2002; Streatfield, 2001) in order to respond to the problematic capacity of other theoretical approaches to address complexity and paradox in contemporary organizations. Drawing on the key properties of the landscape of complexity thinking such as nonlinearity, emergence, evolution, adaptation, self-organization, ...

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