Faculty Publications

Title

Systems theories and approaches

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Chaos theory, Complexity theory, Csikszentmihalyi, Emergence, General systems theory, Holism, Individualism, Sociocultural theories, Systems, Systems model of creativity, Systems theory, The self as system

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology

Abstract

Creativity scholarship has largely centered on examining the psychological attributes and processes of the individual. Since the mid-1980s, systems approaches, of which there are several (Bunge, 2004; Montuori, 2011; Poutanen, 2013), have emerged as an important lens for understanding creativity within broader contexts. Systems theories are experiencing a renaissance, represented by such approaches as nonlinear dynamical systems theory (chaos theory), dynamic systems theory, autopoietic systems theory, and complexity theory. This article surveys the development of systems approaches and describes the common attributes and distinctions among major systems approaches that creativity scholars have developed and applied since the 1980s.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2016

DOI of published version

10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.23792-9

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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