Complex systems, evolution and the management of manufacturing change

Christen Rose-Anderssen, James Baldwin, Keith Ridgway

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The aim of this paper is to provide a natural framework for the management of manufacturing change. The framework is designed, firstly, by describing the characteristics of dissipative structures. This is expanded upon by presenting the essentials of complex systems in way of evolution. Darwinian evolution and change is then discussed from a perspective of complex systems. The classification instruments of change are explained in terms of the complex system and evolutionary perspectives. Then the application of the classification instruments are demonstrated through a case of discrete manufacturing systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalEmergence: Complexity & Organization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018


  • manufacturing change
  • management
  • complex systems


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