not complexity so much as “complicatedness”

The real curse is not complexity so much as “complicatedness,” by which we mean the proliferation of cumbersome organizational mechanisms—structures, procedures, rules, and roles—that companies put in place in an effort to deal with the mounting complexity of modern business .

It is this internal complicatedness, with its attendant bureaucracy, that destroys a company’s ability to leverage complexity for competitive advantage. Even worse, this organizational complicatedness destroys a company’s ability to get anything done. However, although complicatedness is a curse, it is not the fundamental root cause of the problem; it is, as we shall see, only a by-product of outdated, ineffectual, and irrelevant management thinking and practices.

-Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated by Yves Morieux, Peter Tollman

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