Complex Systems in Organizations and Their Influence on Human Resource Management

  • Tobias M. ScholzEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Although complex systems have been part of organizational studies for several decades, they have witnessed significant changes in recent years. This research builds on existent work on complex systems by focusing on the shift toward power-law distributions. Evidentially, HRM is highly nested in those complex systems. Due to the advancements in the theoretical understanding of complexity and influenced by these, HRM is also shifting in new directions, especially towards a dynamic approach. In consequence, a new notion of a dynamic HRM is emerging, which could be characterized as “function follows process”. Accordingly, understanding HRM as complex systems, HRM needs to observe the dynamic core of its processes as well as the outcomes of a changed governing distribution and derive from these its alternating functionality.


Complex systems Human resource management Organizational behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair for Human Resource Management and Organizational BehaviorUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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