Integrated Essay: Complexity Analysis

It is now common knowledge that the earth is a fragile planet, made up of delicate ecosystems that thrive in symbiotic relationships, sustained in a constant state of critical balance. One minute change to a single system can and does often affect a host of other living systems in dramatic ways. Likewise, the collective understanding of the complexities of nature informs decisions made in
terms of protecting the planet’s resources.
Consider the same phenomena applied to the realm of organizational change and innovation. Also think about the relationship between understanding complex systems and the evolution of leadership practices.

With these thoughts in mind:
Explain and discuss, within a complexity theory framework, how small changes in a system can lead to large, or even radical transformational changes in an organization. You may also wish to show how understanding organizations as complex adaptive systems can affect the innovation process as well as leadership.