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Psicothema, 2007. Vol. Vol. 19 (nº 2). 212-217




Complejidad y Psicología Social de las Organizaciones

Juan Pastor y Antonio León García-Izquierdo

Universidad de Oviedo

En este trabajo presentamos la complejidad (no linealidad, caoticidad, autoorganización, fractalidad...) como una perspectiva epistemológica emergente, nueva y alternativa respecto a un viejo paradigma reduccionista y simplificador. De acuerdo con esta perspectiva, trataremos de mirar las organizaciones laborales desde la complejidad, esto es, viéndolas como Sistemas Adaptativos Complejos (SAC). Finalmente, ofrecemos una síntesis de las aplicaciones de la complejidad a la Psicología Social de las Organizaciones.

Complexity and social psychology of organizations. This article presents complexity (nonlinearity, chaos, self-organisation, fractals...) as a new and emerging epistemological paradigm, an alternative to an old, simpler, and reductionist paradigm. According to this point of view, we try to view work organizations as complex adaptive systems (CAS). Lastly, we offer a review of the literature on the applications of complexity to Organizational Social Psychology.

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