The following books span a wide spectrum of topics from theory to practice.  

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.



hristensen, C. M. (1997). The innovator’s dilemma: When new technologies cause great firms to fail. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.




Easton, D. & Solow, L. (2016) Complexity Works!: Influencing Pattern-Based Change in Teams and Organizations




Collins, R. (2010). Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge To Make the Leap To Extraordinary Performance.



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:



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.