Complex Thinking and Computing Organization Facing Contingent Problems

  • Laura CarmouzeEmail author
  • Alan Sandry


Facing the reflexive modernity, social wealth production is systematically correlated with the production of social and technical problems. Due to the complexity paradigm and contingent approach, public organizations are conflicting with a “one best way” slant. Indeed, they are understood as computing ones and so they can adapt to a changing environment. The purpose of this paper is to understand how public managers deal with contingent problem solving and so to characterize computing organization. Through a qualitative methodology, this paper sheds light on an integrative model of computing organization able to solve contingent problems, with five dimensions.


Complexity Computing organization Problem solving Organizational conflicts 



This research was supported by the sixth Conference “Philosophy(s) of Management”, organized in June, the 4th and 5th 2018 at the Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance. We thank our colleagues from the Society of Philosophy and Management Sciences, who provides insight that assisted this research paper.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Laura CARMOUZE (author A) declares she has no conflict of interest and Alan SANDRY (author B) declares he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants (i.e. semi-structured interviews) were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Public Management and Territorial GovernanceAix-Marseille UniversityAix-en-ProvenceFrance
  2. 2.Morgan AcademySwansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  3. 3.AbertaweUK

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