Books and Papers

Chaos and Complexity

  • Gleick, J. (2011). Chaos: Making a new science. Open Road Media.
  • Prigogine, I., & Stengers, I. (2018). Order out of chaos: Man's new dialogue with nature. Verso Books.
  • Mitchell, M. (2009). Complexity: A guided tour. Oxford University Press
  • The Santa Fe Institute: The Santa Fe Institute is an independent research center exploring the frontiers of complex systems science.

Complexity Leadership Theory

  • Uhl-Bien, M., Marion, R., & McKelvey, B. (2007). Complexity leadership theory: Shifting leadership from the industrial age to the knowledge era. The Leadership Quarterly, 18(4), 298-318.
  • Uhl-Bien, M., & Arena, M. (2017). Complexity leadership: Enabling people and organizations for adaptability. Organizational Dynamics, 46(1), 9-20.

Systems Thinking

  • Senge, Peter M. (1990). The fifth discipline: the art and practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday.
  • Meadows, D. H., & Wright, D. (2008). Thinking in systems: A primer. White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub.
  • Gharajedaghi, J. (2011). Systems thinking: Managing chaos and complexity: A platform for designing business architecture. Elsevier.
  • Society for Organizational Learning

Design Thinking

  • Kelley, D., & Kelley, T. (2013). Creative confidence: Unleashing the creative potential within us all. Crown Pub.
  • KELLEY, T. A. (2001). The art of innovation: Lessons in creativity from IDEO, America's leading design firm (Vol. 10). Broadway Business.
  • Stanford D. School
  • Luma Institute

Theory U

  • Senge, P. M., Scharmer, C. O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (2005). Presence: An exploration of profound change in people, organizations, and society. Crown Business.
  • Scharmer, C. O. (2018). The essentials of theory U: Core principles and applications. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Presencing Institute

Action Research

  • Torbert, W. R. (2004). Action inquiry: The secret of timely and transforming leadership. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Bradbury, H. (Ed.). (2015). The Sage handbook of action research. Sage.

Network Analysis

  • Wasserman, S., & Faust, K. (1994). Social network analysis: Methods and applications (Vol. 8). Cambridge university press.
  • Cross, R. L., & Parker, A. (2004). The hidden power of social networks: Understanding how work really gets done in organizations. Harvard Business Press.
  • Burt, R. S. (2005). Brokerage and closure: An introduction to social capital. Oxford university press.
  • Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) at CMU

Organizations of the Future

  • Ismail, S. (2014). Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it). Diversion Books.

Online Resources

  • Dr. Jiang’s presentation on Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) and Beyond at the 60th Lunch and Learn Forum on Jan. 3, 2019:
    • This talk covers the theoretical framework of CLT, its intellectual genealogy, and three research studies that use this theory as the guiding framework.
  • How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders
    • This talk from Boston Consulting Group offers practical examples of the new leadership behavior patterns we are looking to cultivate, and points to the need for building capacity for leadership of the future.
  • Changing Education Paradigms
    • This talk by Sir Ken Robinson gives a vision about an education paradigm that is inspired by complexity principles.
  • The Hidden Influence of Social Networks 
    • "We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know." -TED

  • How Social Networks Predict Epidemics
    • "After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1)." -TED