The following books span a wide spectrum of topics from theory to practice. Have a recommendation? Let us know.
Change and Complexity
Ball, P. (2006). Critical mass: How one thing leads to another. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Barabási, A.-L. (2010). Bursts: The hidden pattern behind everything we do. New York, N.Y: Dutton.
Barabási, A.-L. (2009). Linked: How everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and everyday life. New York: Plume.
Briggs, J. (1992). Fractals: The patterns of chaos. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Buchanan, M. (2013). Forecast: What physics, meteorology, and the natural sciences can teach us about economics. New York: Bloomsbury.
Buchanan, M. (2002). Nexus: Small worlds and the groundbreaking science of networks. New York: W.W. Norton.
Buchanan, M. (2007). The social atom: Why the rich get richer, cheaters get caught, and your neighbor usually looks like you. New York: Bloomsbury USA.
Capra, F. (1996). The web of life: A new scientific understanding of living systems. New York: Anchor Books.
Christakis, N. A., & Fowler, J. H. (2009). Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives. New York: Little, Brown and Co.
Gladwell, M. (2000). The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference. Boston: Little, Brown.
Goodwin, B. C. (1994). How the leopard changed its spots: The evolution of complexity. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons.
Gribbin, J. (2004). Deep simplicity: Bringing order to chaos and complexity. New York: Random House.
Gunderson, L. H., & Holling, C. S. (2002). Panarchy: Understanding transformations in human and natural systems. Washington, DC: Island Press.
Holland, J. H. (1998). Emergence: From chaos to order. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley.
Johnson, S. (2001). Emergence: The connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software. New York: Scribner.
Kauffman, S. A. (2008). Reinventing the sacred: A new view of science, reason and religion. New York: Basic Books.
Kelly, K. (1994). Out of control: The rise of neo-biological civilization. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley.
Kelso, J. A. S., & Engstrøm, D. A. (2006). The complementary nature. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Kelso, J. A. S., Mandell, A. J., Shlesinger, M. F., Haken, H., & Florida Atlantic University. (1988). Dynamic patterns in complex systems. Singapore: World Scientific.
Laughlin, R. B. (2005). A different universe: Reinventing physics from the bottom down. New York: Basic Books.
Lewin, R. (2000). Complexity: Life at the edge of chaos. University of Chicago Press.
McDaniel, R. R. (2005). Uncertainty and surprise in complex systems: Questions on working with the unexpected; with 8 tables. Berlin: Springer.
Miller, P. (2010). The smart swarm: How understanding flocks, schools, and colonies can make us better at communicating, decision making, and getting things done. New York: Avery.
Mitchell, M. (2009). Complexity: A guided tour. Oxford [England: Oxford University Press.
Newman, M. E. J., Barabási, A.-L., & Watts, D. J. (2006). The structure and dynamics of networks. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
Owen, H. (2008). Open space technology: A user’s guide. San Francisco, Calif: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Pascale, R. T., Sternin, J., & Sternin, M. (2010). The power of positive deviance: How unlikely innovators solve the world’s toughest problems. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Press.
Scott, A. (2005). Encyclopedia of nonlinear science. New York: Routledge.
Strogatz, S. H. (2003). Sync: The emerging science of spontaneous order. New York: Hyperion.
Taleb, N. N. (2007). The black swan: The impact of the highly improbable. New York: Random House.
Taleb, N. N. (2012). Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder. New York: Random House.
Waldrop, M. M. (1992). Complexity: The emerging science at the edge of order and chaos. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Walleczek, J. (2000). Self-organized biological dynamics and nonlinear control: Toward understanding complexity, chaos and emergent function in living systems. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
West, B. J., & Griffin, L. (2004). Biodynamics: Why the wirewalker doesn’t fall. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Liss.
Westley, F., Patton, M. Q., & Zimmerman, B. (2006). Getting to maybe: How the world is changed. Toronto: Random House Canada.
Chadbourne, J. W., & Silbert, T. (2011). Healing conversations now: Enhance relationships with elders and dying loved ones. Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Taos Institute Publications.
Christensen, C. M., Grossman, J. H., & Hwang, J. (2009). The innovator’s prescription: A disruptive solution for health care. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Flickinger, J. (2009). Spirit matters: How to remain fully alive with a life-limiting illness. Mustang, Ok: Tate Publishinf & Enterprises.
Goldberger, A. L., & Goldberger, Z. D. (2012). Becoming a consummate clinician: What every student, house officer, and hospital practitioner needs to know. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hickey, M., & Kritek, P. B. (2012). Change leadership in nursing: How change occurs in a complex hospital system : Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses tell their story. New York: Springer Pub. Co.
Jones, A. H., & Bozeman, J. (2009). The boids and the bees: Guiding adaptation to improve our health, healthcare, schools and society. Litchfield Park, AZ: ISCE Pub.
Kumar, S., & Nash, D. B. (2011). Demand better!: Revive our broken healthcare system. Bozeman, MT: Second River Healthcare Press.
Liebovitch, L. S. (1998). Fractals and chaos simplified for the life sciences. New York: Oxford University Press.
Nelson, J., & Watson, J. (2012). Measuring caring: International research on Caritas as healing. New York: Springer Pub. Co.
Pronovost, P. J., & Vohr, E. (2010). Safe patients, smart hospitals: How one doctor’s checklist can help us change health care from the inside out. New York: Hudson Street Press.
Rubin, I. M., & Campbell, T. J. (1998). The ABCs of effective feedback: A guide for caring professionals. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass.
Suchman, A. L., Sluyter, D. J., & Williamson, P. R. (2011). Leading change in healthcare: Transforming organizations using complexity, positive psychology, and relationship-centered care. London: Radcliffe Pub.
West, B. J. (2006). Where medicine went wrong: Rediscovering the path to complexity. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific.
Wolf, J. A., Hanson, H., & Moir, M. J. (2011). Organization development in healthcare: High impact practices for a complex and changing environment. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Pub.
Zimmerman, B., Lindberg, C., & Plsek, P. E. (1998). Edgeware: Insights from complexity science for health care leaders. Irving, Tex: VHA Inc.
Leadership and Organizations
Axelrod, R. H. (2010). Terms of engagement: New ways of leading and changing organizations. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Brafman, O., & Beckstrom, R. A. (2006). The starfish and the spider: The unstoppable power of leaderless organizations. New York: Portfolio.
Brafman, O., & Pollack, J. (2013). The chaos imperative: How chance and disruption increase innovation, effectiveness, and success.
Christensen, C. M. (1997). The innovator’s dilemma: When new technologies cause great firms to fail. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.
Eoyang, G. H., & Holladay, R. J. (2013). Adaptive action: Leveraging uncertainty in your organization. Stanford, Calif: Stanford Business Books.
Goldstein, J., Hazy, J. K., & Lichtenstein, B. B. (2010). Complexity and the nexus of leadership: Leveraging nonlinear science to create ecologies of innovation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Griffin, D. (2002). The emergence of leadership: Linking self-organization and ethics. London: Routledge.
Griffin, D., & Stacey, R. D. (2005). Complexity and the experience of leading organizations. London: Routledge.
Holman, P. (2010). Engaging emergence: Turning upheaval into opportunity. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Pub.
Hurst, D. K. (2012). The new ecology of leadership: Business mastery in a chaotic world. New York: Columbia University Press.
Johnson, S. (2010). Where good ideas come from: The natural history of innovation. New York: Riverhead Books.
Latting, J. K., & Ramsey, V. J. (2009). Reframing change: How to deal with workplace dynamics, influence others, and bring people together to initiate positive change. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger.
Lewin, R., & Regine, B. (2001). Weaving complexity and business: Engaging the soul at work. New York: Texere.
Lipmanowicz, H., & McCandless, K. (2014). The surprising power of liberating structures: Simple rules to unleash a culture of innovation.
McGoff, C. J. (2012). The primes: How any group can solve any problem. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Morgan, G. (1986). Images of organization. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
Page, S. E. (2007). The difference: How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools, and societies. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Patton, M. Q. (2011). Developmental evaluation: Applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. New York: Guilford Press.
Petzinger, T. (1999). The new pioneers: The men and women who are transforming the workplace and marketplace. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Regine, B. (2010). Iron butterflies: Women transforming themselves and the world. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books.
Shaw, P. (2002). Changing conversations in organizations: A complexity approach to change. London: Routledge.
Stacey, R. D. (2005). Experiencing emergence in organizations: Local interaction and the emergence of global pattern. London: Routledge.
Stacey, R. D. (2001). Complex responsive processes in organizations: Learning and knowledge creation. London: Routledge.
Stacey, R. D. (2003). Complexity and group processes: A radically social understanding of individuals. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
Stacey, R. D. (2000). Strategic management and organisational dynamics: The challenge of complexity. Harlow, England: Financial Times.
Ulmer, R. R., Sellnow, T. L., & Seeger, M. W. (2007). Effective crisis communication: Moving from crisis to opportunity. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
Weick, K. E., & Sutcliffe, K. M. (2001). Managing the unexpected: Assuring high performance in an age of complexity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge, U.K: Cambridge University Press.
Wheatley, M. J. (1992). Leadership and the new science: Learning about organization from an orderly universe. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Zolli, A., & Healy, A.