TITLE

Complexity Science Will Transform Logistics

AUTHOR(S)
Dobson, Kelly G.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2004, Vol. 130 Issue 4, p74
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The difference between traditional methods of analysis and complexity science involves a shift in focus and methodology. Traditional methods rely on cause-and-effect analysis, by knowing all the factors that affect a situation, one can predict the outcome. Conversely, complexity science holds that behavior is often unpredictable and analyzing the factors of a situation may not yield the requisite insight. For example, complexity scientists discuss the steering behaviors of birds. Eeach bird maintains separation, alignment, and cohesion with the other birds in the flock. Given these three behaviors, it is not obvious that birds would mass — but they do so as emergent behavior from their steering behavior interactions. INSET: Figure 1: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
ACCESSION #
12754476

 

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