Complex Adaptive Systems Of Healthcare Organizations Of The Past Century

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Complex Adaptive Systems
Healthcare organizations of the past century were designed from 17th century ideology of the universe based on the teachings of Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Francis Bacon. This was a predictable and reliable world based on the viewpoint that organizations are machines and as individuals, we are merely cogs in a wheel, fulfilling a role and playing our part. However, this understanding has be eradicated by the idea that people and organizations are fluid, dynamic and living organisms. Newton 's “clockwork universe,” in which big problems can be broken down into smaller ones, analyzed, and solved by rational deduction, has strongly influenced both the practice of medicine and the leadership of organizations. But the machine metaphor lets us down badly when no part of the equation is constant, independent, or predictable. The new science of complex adaptive systems states that in order to cope with escalating complexity in health care we must abandon linear models, accept unpredictability, respect (and utilize) autonomy and creativity, and respond flexibly to emerging patterns and opportunities (Plsek & Greenhalgh, 2001).
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