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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 4

Understanding Projects and Project Management Practice using CRPR as an Interpretative Framework

As we have previously stated, we have adopted an approach to complexity which encourages considerations of how order, structure, pattern, and novelty arise from extremely complicated, apparently chaotic systems and conversely, how complex behavior and structure emerges from simple underlying rules. Complexity itself is understood as a particular dynamic or “movement” in time that is simultaneously stable and unstable, predictable and unpredictable, known and unknown, certain and uncertain. Drawing on the discussion and propositions from the preceding chapter, we propose to empirically study and understand the three key aspects of complexity ...

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