It's Not Complicated: The Art and Science of Complexity for  Business Success

It's Not Complicated: The Art and Science of Complexity for Business Success

Weight 0.00 lbs
By Rick Nason
Rotman-UTP Publishing
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
248 Pages
ISBN 9781442644878
Published May 2017
Online discount: 35%
 $32.95    $21.42
ebook (EPUB format)
ISBN 9781487514785
Published May 2017
Online discount: 36%
Full purchase $32.95

In the new knowledge economy, traditional modes of thinking are no longer effective. Compartmentalizing problems and solutions and assuming everything can be solved with the right formula can no longer keep pace with the radical changes occurring daily in the modern business world.

It’s Not Complicated offers a paradigm shift for business professionals looking for simplified solutions to complex problems. In his straightforward and highly engaging style, Rick Nason introduces the principles of “complexity thinking” which empower managers to understand, correlate, and explain a diverse range of business phenomena. For example, why some new products go viral while others remain unnoticed, how office cliques develop despite collaborative work policies and spaces, how economic bubbles form, and how an unknown retiree foiled one of the most carefully planned product launches ever with a single letter to the editor of his local newspaper. Rather than consider complicated and complex as interchangeable terms, Rick Nason explains what complexity is, how it arises, and the errors in solving complex situations with complicated thinking. It’s Not Complicated provides managers with fresh, counterintuitive, and actionable models for dealing with challenging business problems.

Rick Nason is an associate professor of finance in the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Systems and Complexity

Chapter 2: The False Axioms of Business

Chapter 3: It’s Not Complicated

Chapter 4: The Wonders of Complexity

Chapter 5: Managing Complexity

Chapter 6: The Complexity of Strategic Planning

Chapter 7: The Complex Economy

Chapter 8: Risk Management and Complexity

Chapter 9: The Complex Future

"In his typically engaging, straightforward, nontechnical style, with clear and understandable examples and frameworks, Rick Nason here draws upon his vast academic and consulting experience to deliver indispensably compelling insights into the differences between simple, complicated, and complex processes and systems, enabling professionals to identify, understand, deal with, and exploit complexity in the business and investment realm. This is a book that should be used frequently by anyone seeking to successfully navigate the technological, social, economic, and political peripeteia of modern life."

David M. Darst, CFA, Former Chief Investment Strategist of Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management

Click the icon below to preview the book.