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Socio-Technical Systems

Socio-Technical Systems


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Background Information: Reference


Modeling Complex Behaviors Resulting from Simple Rules:

302.14 Ax22e (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Axelrod, R. The Evolution of Cooperation. 1984

300 EP85G (SSHEL Stacks, online)
Axtell, R.A. and Epstein, J. Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up. 2006

300.113 Ep855g (Main Stacks, SSHEL Stacks, online)
Epstein, J. Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling. 2006

515.39 C332c (Grainger, online)
Massimo, C., Cecconi,F. and Vulpiani, A. Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems. 2010

301.15 SCH261M (Main Stacks, SSHEL Stacks, Oak Street)
Schelling, T. C. Micromotives and Macrobehavior. 2006

658.3008 P145d (Main Stacks, online)
Scott , P. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. 2007



003.7 H719H (Main Stacks)
Holland, J. H. Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity. 1995

577 K162O (Funk ACES, Grainger, Main Stacks)
Kaufmann, S. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution. 1993

Q175.32.C65 M58 2009 (Main Stacks)
Mitchell, M. Complexity: A Guided Tour. 2009

300.15118 M615c (Main Stacks, online)
Page, E. S. Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life. 2007

Page, Scott. Diversity and Complexity. 2011

530.412 St341s (Grainger, online)
Stein, D. Spin Glasses and Complexity. 2013

591.51 W69s (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Wilson, E. O. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. 1975


Managing Complex Systems:

327.73 Al56e1999 (Math Library)
Allison, G. T. and Zelikow, P. Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. 1999

519.542 B515r (Math Library, online)
Binmore, K. Rational Decisions. 2009

658.16 C692h (Main Stacks)
Collins, J. How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give in. 2009.

338.927 Es654c (Funk ACES)
Espinosa, A. A Complexity Approach to Sustainability: Theory and Application. 2011

617.09 G248c 2002 (Oak Street)
Gawande, A. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. 2002

Helbing, D. Managing Complexity : Insights, Concepts, Applications. 2008

658.403 K627S (Main Stacks)
Klein, G. A. Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions.  1999

658.403 M331P (Main Stacks)
March, J. G. and C. Heath.  A Primer on Decision Making: How Decisions Happen. 1994.

658.4 Sp312c (Main Stacks, online)
Spear, J.S. Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win2009



620.004201 D993E (Grainger)
Dym, C. L. Engineering Design: A Synthesis of Views. 1994

601 N782l (Main Stacks)
Norman, E. D. Living with Complexity. 2011

153.4 SCH65R (Funk ACES, Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Schön, D. A. The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. 1983

629.1309 V744W (Grainger, Main Stacks)
Vincenti, W. G. What Engineers Know and How They Know It: Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History. 1990


Economics and Technological Progress:

HC79.I55 B796 2014 (Main Stacks)
Brynjolfsson,E. and McAfee, A. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. 2014

304.64 F687e (Main Stacks)
Fogel, R. W. The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World. 2004

338.064 M729g (HPNL, online)
Mokyr, J. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. 2002

338.064 H3649t (Main Stacks)
Torsten, H. Technological Change and Network Effects in Growth Regimes: Exploring the Microfoundations of Economic Growth. 2013


Ethics/ Values:

T176 .H84 1998 (Main Stacks)
Hughes, T. P. Rescuing Prometheus. 2000

629.474 M661d (Grainger)
Mindell, D. A. Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight. 2008

CB161 .R38 2003 (Oak Street)
Rees, M. Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in this Century – On Earth and Beyond. 2003

174 Se54o (Law Library, Main Stacks)
Sen, A. K. On Ethics and Economics. 1987

179.7 SI64R (Main Stacks)
Singer, P. Rethinking Life & Death: The Collapse of our Traditional Ethics. 1995



352.236 N984p (Main Stacks)
Nye, J. S. The Powers to Lead. 2008


Lean Concepts:

338.47629222 W84M (Grainger, Main Stacks)
Womack, J. P., D. T. Jones, et al. The Machine that Changed the World. 1990


Management Thinking:

658 D84M (Main Stacks, Oak Street, online)
Drucker, P. F. Managing for Results: Economic Tasks and Risk-Taking Decisions. 1964

Freeman, R. E. Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach. 1984

HD58.8 .H362 1989 (Oak Street)
Handy, C. B. The Age of Unreason. 1989

658.4092 W729c (Main Stacks, online)
Ingo, W. Contemporary Leadership Theories: Enhancing the Understanding of the Complexity, Subjectivity and Dynamic of Leadership. 2010

658 M5833W (Main Stacks)
Micklethwait, J. and A. Wooldridge. The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus. 1996

Mowles, C. Rethinking Management: Radical Insights from Complexity Sciences. 2012

658.4092 C7385 (Main Stacks)
Uhl-Bien M. Complexity Leadership. 2008.


Modes of Thought:

153.9 G173f (Main Stacks)
Gardner, H. Five Minds for the Future. 2006

121 W692c (Main Stacks)
Wilson, E. O. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. 1998


The Nature of Research and Science:

530 F438c1994 (Grainger, Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Feynman, R. P. The Character of Physical Law. 1994

612.82 C456w (HPNL)
Michael,C .World Wide Mind : The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines and the Internet. 2011

QP360 .K325 2014 (Main Stacks)
Michio, K. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. 2014

501 P757P1964 (SSHEL Stacks)
Polanyi, M. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy. 1964

112 P81C1968 (Oak Street)
Popper, K. Conjecture and Refutation: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. 1968

501 P81lep1968 (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Popper, K. The Logic of Scientific Discovery. 1968



595.7961782 G653a (Funk ACES, online)
Gordon, M. D. Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior. 2010

T57.85 .N523 2010 (Grainger, online)
Newman, M. Networks: An Introduction. 2010

511.5 W349si (Grainger)
Watts, D. J. Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age. 2003


Human and Group Behavior:

306.46 In67 (Main Stacks)
Ahrweiler, P. Innovation in Complex Social Systems. 2010

128.33 G367s (SSHEL Stacks)
Gigerenzer, G. et al. Simple Heuristics that Make Us Smart. 1999

658.3 M17h2006 (Main Stacks)
McGregor, D. and Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J. The Human Side of Enterprise. 2006

658.3008 P145d (Main Stacks, online)
Page, S. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies. 2007

155.234 P655b (Oak Street)
Pinker, S. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. 2002

303.4 Sa974s (SSHEL Stacks, online)
Sawyer, R. K. Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems. 2005

JC328.2 .S87 2004 (Main Stacks, audio version online)
Surowiecki, J. The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations. 2004



006.312 Ad959 (Grainger, online)
Baoding L. Uncertainty Theory: A Branch of Mathematics for Modeling Human Uncertainty. 2010

003.54 H163r (Math Library, online)
Halpern, J. Reasoning about Uncertainty. 2003

003.54 T143b (Ikenberry Commons, Illinois Street, Oak Street)
Taleb, N. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. 2007

155.24 T143a (Illinois Street)
Taleb, N. Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. 2012



658.08 AN8B1970 (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Ansoff, H. I. Business Strategy: Selected Readings. 1969

658.802 K56b (Main Stacks, audio version online)
Chan, W.K. and  Mauborgne, R. Blue Ocean Strategy : How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant. 2005

658 C361S (Main Stacks, online)
Chandler, A. D. Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the Industrial Enterprise. 1962

658.4012 M668s (Main Stacks)
Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B. W. et al. Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Strategic Management. 1998

658 P8341c1998 (Main Stacks)
Porter, M. E. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors. 1998


Systems Thinking:

658.403 B63s (Grainger, online)
Boardman,J. and Sauser, B. Systems thinking: coping with 21st century problems. 2008

301.4 Em3s1969 (Main Stacks)
Emery, F. E. Systems Thinking: Selected Readings. 1969

003 G298t (Grainger)
Georgiou, I. Thinking through systems thinking. 2007

501 Si53s1996 (Grainger, online)
Simon, H. A. The Sciences of the Artificial. 1996



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