Communities are emergent, holistic living systems.
Understanding the impact of social complex systems through
spatial interactions via the lens of scalability requires the
development of new methodological behavioural approaches.
The evolution of social complex systems of cities and their
regions can be investigated through the evolution of spatial
structures. The clustering of entities within cities, regions and
beyond presents behavioural elements for which methodological
approaches need to be considered.
The emergent aspect of complex entities by their very nature
requires an understanding that can embrace unpredictability
through emergence. Qualitative methodological approaches can
be holistic with the ability to embrace bottom up and top down
methods for analysis. Social complex systems develop
structures by connecting “like minded” behaviour through
scalability. How “mobile” these interactions are, is a concept
that can be understood via “inter-organizational” and “interstructural”
comparative approaches. How do we indeed convey
this adequately or appropriately?
Just as a geographical area may contain characteristics that can
help to support the formation of an emergent industry cluster,
similar behaviours occur through emergent characteristics of
complex systems that underpin the sustainability of an
organization. The idea that complex systems have tacit
structures, capable of displaying emergent behaviour, is not a
common concept. These tacit structures can in turn, impact the
structural sustainability of physical entities. More often than
not, there is a focus on how these concepts of complex systems
work, but the “why” questions depends upon scalability. Until
recently, social complex adaptive systems were largely over
looked due to the tacit nature of these network structures.