Can unpredictable systems be managed?

P. H. Longstaff

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


The paper is an overview of several new ideas about complex, unpredictable systems and explores what it means to manage a system you can't predict. The paper also considers the potential utility of several ideas from the new science of networks. The critical difference between tightly and loosely coupled systems is then examined as well as a concept called "practical drift" which may help explain how strong coupling can sometimes make complex systems unstable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2013-2020
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - Nov 24 2003
EventSystem Security and Assurance - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2003Oct 8 2003


  • Complex systems
  • Management
  • Network science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Can unpredictable systems be managed?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this