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What do complex adaptive systems look like and what are the implications for innovation policy?

Hall, Andy and Clark, Norman (2010). What do complex adaptive systems look like and what are the implications for innovation policy? Journal of International Development, 22(3) pp. 308–324.

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of complex adaptive systems theory in development policy analysis using a case study drawn from recent events in Uganda. It documents the changes that took place in the farming system in Soroti district during an outbreak of African cassava mosaic virus disease (ACMVD) and the subsequent decline in cassava production - the main staple food in the area. Resultant adaptation impacts are analysed across cropping, biological, economic and social systems each of which operate as an interlinked sub-system. The policy implications of this story suggest a policy agenda that recognises adaptation capacity as the life blood of complex adaptive systems. Since these types of systems are found in all realms of human activity, it follows that strengthening this capacity is a key developmental priority that requires linking together new configurations of actors and resources to tackle an ever-changing set of contexts.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1099-1328
Keywords: adaptive capacity; innovation; complex systems; African cassava mosaic virus disease; Uganda
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 32760
Depositing User: Users 3642 not found.
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32760
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