Dealing with Real-World Complexity

Limits, Enhancements and New Approaches for Policy Makers

  • Authors
  • Mark Hürlimann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 1-10
  3. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 13-28
  4. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 29-39
  5. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 41-58
  6. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 59-78
  7. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 79-117
  8. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 121-157
  9. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 159-183
  10. Mark Hürlimann
    Pages 185-194
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 270-282

About this book


The increasing complexity of our environment, the globalization of diverse
business processes and their intercultural embedment create challenges, higher risks and hence interdependency between a growing number of participants. This is undoubtedly reflected in the current financial crisis and its spill-over into the global economic downturn. This business and political environment leads to complex decision-making and, therefore, a need for powerful tools to find sustainable solutions. The field of system dynamics has introduced models that imitate complex decision environments. The reality, however, has shown that such models are often either too relaxed or too formalized because the information is hardly ever available in the requested accuracy.

Based on policy makers’ limitations in solving real-life problems and the
fact that information is rarely available in a pure quantitative form, enhancements and new approaches to remedy this are proposed by Mark Hürlimann. He introduces simple and more sophisticated static and dynamic methods to analyze complex topics. In addition a semi-quantitative approach is presented that integrates quantitative and qualitative variables in a feedback system. The author, finally, illustrates on the basis of a case study the advantages and limitations of the various approaches in a didactically sound and easily understandable way.


Globalisierung Komplexität Marktteilnehmer Unternehmensentwicklung Unternehmensführung complexity

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Gabler Verlag | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2009
  • Publisher Name Gabler
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8349-1493-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8349-8074-8
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