The PSO is pleased to announce a new journal to be published twice a year, starting October 1, 2013. The peer-reviewed journal provides a platform whereby researchers, policy makers, experts in relevant disciplines, and modelers can join together to offer scientifically valid and societally appropriate solutions to challenging problems facing the world today, from the perspective of systems and complexity science.
Aims and Scope • Promote professional and public understanding of the relationship between policy studies and complex systems thinking, evolving greater understanding and engagement. • Establish a venue for reporting results of exploring, developing, and evaluating policies using cutting edge computational approaches to policy research, including complexity theory, agent-based modeling/simulation, chaos theory, fractals, dynamical systems, and the science of networks. • Establish a repository of data and systems developed through research efforts reported in the journal. • Bring together a community of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary scholars to address common societal concerns; including social scientists, natural scientists, computational scientists, humanists, policy analysts, public administrators, and policy makers.
Introductory Issue Topics & Call for Submissions • Overview of Public Policy Methodological Approaches and Best Practices • Overview of Complexity and Systems Methodological Approaches and Best Practices • Public Policy & Complexity Theory/Systems Theory • Data Acquisition for Systems-based Policy Research • The Element of Time in Complex Systems Simulations • Policy Analysys and Evaluation Within Complex Systems Framework • Application of Complex Systems Policy Research
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Using data from embedded participant-observers and a field experiment at
the second largest mobile phone factory in the world,
located in China, I theorize and test the
implications of transparent organizational design on workers’
productivity and organizational
performance. Drawing from theory and research on
learning and control, I introduce the notion of a transparency paradox,
maintaining observability of workers may
counterintuitively reduce their performance by inducing those being
observed to conceal
their activities through codes and other costly
means; conversely, creating zones of privacy may, under certain
increase performance. Empirical evidence from the
field shows that even a modest increase in group-level privacy
and significantly improves line performance, while
qualitative evidence suggests that privacy is important in supporting
deviance, localized experimentation, distraction
avoidance, and continuous improvement. I discuss implications of these
for theory on learning and control and suggest
directions for future research.
Weber’s review called attention to the pioneering nature of Sine and his co-author’s diverse, balanced, and well-crafted collection of work on the intersection of institutions and entrepreneurship — two phenomena that are typically considered polar opposites. While institutions are thought to be rigid and formal, entrepreneurship represents an unconstrained and creative impulse. Sine has argued that institutions and entrepreneurship are more interrelated — both in theory and practice — than is commonly assumed. As he pointed out in Institutions and Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activities can be glimpsed in institutional processes, whereas institutions lay the groundwork for different kinds of entrepreneurship.
Sine’s book and its positive review in Administrative Science Quarterly reflect how scholars affiliated with Johnson and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute continue to be on the cutting edge of theory and research.