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  • A business can gain focus from targeting key customers,
  • Business planning activities performed by the whole organization can build awareness, empowerment and coherence. 
  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
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The constraints are described. 
The techniques to overcome them are implied. 
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How to use this site

Summary
In this page we explain how to use the site. 
There are two main starting points:
  1. The example systems frame and
  2. The presentation frame
  3. And then there is how we use the site
The site uses lots of click through.  That's so that you can see the underlying principles that are contributing to the system being discussed.  We hope that as you internalize and reflect on the principles the system should appear in a new light.  At this site clicking is good!
Introduction
If you are new to complex adaptive systems (
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory is positioned relative to the natural sciences.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents. 
John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
CAS
) we suggest you initially have a look at the:

The site is arranged as a set of logical frames analogous to a set of framed pictures displayed in an art studio.  They include: opportunities, theory, example systems etc. as seen in the inter-frame navigation bar.  If you click on frame you will be taken to a page describing our concept of a web frame at some length.  This click to describe mechanism is used extensively and when an idea does not have its own page it is typically described in an entry in the glossary.  What about strategy?  Strategies emerge from the way the systems we study are structured and operate.  The
Rob's Strategy Studio aims to celebrate and illuminate complex adaptive systems (CAS) just as an art studio does art. 

By way of introduction it notes the complex interactions that led to the partnership that discovered the DNA double helix and genetic code. 

The page introduces the RSS vision 'I act, therefore I think' approach and the RSS mission. 

It describes how many key aspects of the world are CAS including businesses. 

Finally the page explains each of the framed pictures displayed at the studio including the other aspects explored in this vision frame. 

vision
frame explores this further but don't go straight there. 
Start at the example systems frame
If you are new to complex adaptive systems (CAS) we suggest you initially have a look at the
This web frame explores very significant example real world complex adaptive systems (CAS).  It explains how the examples relate to each other, why we all have trouble effectively comprehending these systems and outlines the items we see as key to the system and why.  By understanding these summaries you can better frame the interdependencies of important events such as war in Iraq, new iPhone releases or a cancer diagnosis and see how they are impacting you. 

example systems
frame where there are lots of examples of CAS.  Each page of the example systems frame summarizes a book.  All but the last three books (pages) of the example systems frame discuss example complex adaptive systems.  The last three books in the within frame navigation describe theories which help explain how CAS emerge from the physical and chemical, molecules obtain chemical properties from the atoms from which they are composed and from the environment in which they exist.  Being relatively small they are subject to phenomena which move them about, inducing collisions and possibly reactions with other molecules.  AWF's Smiley simulates a chemical environment including associating the 'molecule' like strings  with codelet based forces that allow the strings to react based on their component parts, sequence etc. 
environment. 
At the end of each book summary we talk about the underlying CAS mechanisms that are reflected in the example CAS described in the book. 

In each of these example systems frame pages when an aspect of CAS theory first occurs there will be a link to the relevant
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory is positioned relative to the natural sciences.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents. 
John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
theory
frame page.  We consider the most useful thing about CAS theory is that it helps you to look for the CAS structure of the system you are interested in.  Classical discussions of systems attempt to frame each aspect discreetly.  The goal being to simplify until the complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos 
is removed.  At the strategy studio we feel that approach leaves the systems with mysterious properties.  By instead constructing the CAS structures and accepting the complexity the mystery disappears.  Sometimes systems are deconstructed to hide the important relationships.  At this site we aim to maintain or reconstruct the systems and identify the important relationships. 

CAS are made out of cooperating components.  Generally these components will themselves be composed of other components.  The structure is typically a network.  For example a company might consist of the people who work there, the buildings and other resources like capital is the sum total nonhuman assets that can be owned and exchanged on some market according to Piketty.  Capital includes: real property, financial capital and professional capital.  It is not immutable instead depending on the state of the society within which it exists.  It can be owned by governments (public capital) and private individuals (private capital). 
and the products and inventory.  But each of the people is also composed of organs and the organs are composed of cells.  The cells are composed of membranes, formed from a lipid (fat) bilayer which creates a barrier between aqueous (water soluble) media.  In AWF a key property of membranes - their providing a catalytic environment and supporting the suspension of enzymatically active proteins within the membrane; is simulated with a Workspace list where 'active' structures can be inserted and codelets can detect and act on the structure's active promise configured as an association in the Slipnet.   and organelles etc...  It's typically a network of components that can appear like a hierarchy

The theory frame describes a set of interconnected and interdependent concepts which characterize the network of components.  So expect your visits to the theory page to become quite convoluted.  You can expect to be jumping around from page to page.  But if you persevere you should become familiar with the theoretical taxonomy. 

Because so many real world systems are CAS and most of them include human, animal or plant components the theory described in the theory frame often applies biological or biochemical concepts to the CAS even when they are business, economics and political systems.  This is intentional.  Once the surprise of the unexpected juxtaposition subsides we think you will find the predictive value of the analogy compelling. 
Or at the presentation frame
The
This web frame includes a set of presentations about complex adaptive systems (CAS)
presentation
frame's pages are HTML presentations that explain the ideas and assumptions that the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF) organization, which produce this studio, uses to create its theories and programs.  The presentations are designed for the pages to be read sequentially.  The presentations are an alternative starting point for those who know about complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos 
and CAS but want to understand the particular way these ideas are developed at AWF and presented at the strategy studio. 
What about the other frames? 
Once you have looked at the
This presentation applies complex adaptive system (CAS) agents to computer programming. 
agent-based programming presentation
you should have become reoriented to the way the
This page introduces the programs that the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF) develops and uses to deploy Rob's Strategy Studio (RSS). 
The programs are structured to obey complex adaptive system (CAS) principles.  That allows AWF to experiment and examine the effects. 
A production program generates the web pages. 
A testing system tests the production program.  It uses a framework to support the test programs.  This is AWF's agent programming framework as described in the agent-based programming presentation. 
An example of the other AWF agent-based programs that are also described in the frame is the virtual robot. 
Finally a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment is presented. 
Perl
frame's pages are organized.  AWF use the Perl frame to support our development of the agent-based computing systems we use to investigate CAS.  The
This page introduces a series of asymmetries which encourage different strategic approaches.   
The differences found in business, sexual selection, gamete structure, as well as in chess encourage escalations in the interactions. 
And yet the systems including these asymmetries can be quite stable. 
asymmetries
frame is really an extension of the theory frame.  Separating it out allows us to focus on the importance of asymmetries as dynamic constraints that drive emergence.  The
Rob's Strategy Studio aims to celebrate and illuminate complex adaptive systems (CAS) just as an art studio does art. 

By way of introduction it notes the complex interactions that led to the partnership that discovered the DNA double helix and genetic code. 

The page introduces the RSS vision 'I act, therefore I think' approach and the RSS mission. 

It describes how many key aspects of the world are CAS including businesses. 

Finally the page explains each of the framed pictures displayed at the studio including the other aspects explored in this vision frame. 

vision
frame explains how viewing a business as a CAS allows the strategic nature to be modeled.  It includes snapshots of the way we use CAS theory and the AWF dark web is a web site that is not open to the Internet.  It is a set of deployed HTML files in a directory which refer to each other via file based references relative to the directory.   (a slightly more extended version of this studio) to plan and operate AWF.  Finally this frame is where we record identified opportunities to use CAS theory. 

We hope you enjoy the site and look forward to your comments. 






























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This page looks at schematic structures and their uses.  It discusses a number of examples:
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  • Similarly designers take ideas and rules about materials and components and combine them. 
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Each goal has a series of associated complex adaptive system (CAS) strategy strings. 
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