Strategy and organisation consultant at, and part-time academic, at Bath and Cranfield Universities, Jean teaches, consults, researches and writes about the implications of complexity thinking for management, research and policy development. See www.embracingcomplexity.com and Boulton et al: ‘Embracing Complexity’ (2015) OUP.
Embracing Complexity: implications for social research and strategy development
Jean will argue that the ontology of complexity theory is ‘evolutionary critical realism’ and hence that approaches to ‘knowing’ need to be path dependent, sensitive to detail and to the particularities of context – and, to a degree, are subjective and conditional. Jean will explore what that means for research methodologies and for methods of strategy development and change.