Complex Systems Research Centre - Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield School of Management


Welcome to the Cranfield Complex Systems Research Centre

The aim of the Complex Systems Research Centre (CSRC) is to develop and present the theory and implications of complex systems thinking for Management Science - both as a collaborative research theme allowing transdisciplinary plurality, and as an integrating conceptual framework exposing and explaining the mechanisms leading to outcomes and impact in the real world. Thus Complexity Science provides an overarching scientific perspective for research with practical relevance.

In the CSRC complex systems thinking is applied to a wide variety of issues, focusing on infrastructure systems and supply networks and supported in the main by funding from UK Research Councils and the European Union. The research undertaken covers a wide range of themes, such as: innovation in new services and business models; technological, behavioural, and policy interventions towards resilient and sustainable systems; and the mechanisms explaining the interdependency, feedback and co-evolution of multi-scale, spatial and temporal systems.

From this home page you will find links to the CSRC's current and past research, relevant events and networks, our publications and information on doctoral vacancies.  The centre is expanding fast and we welcome your interest.

Events and Networks:

  • The Complex Systems Society,, which organizes the annual week-long  Complex Systems Conference one of the largest and most inspiring events of the year.  In 2016 it will be held in Amsterdam, 19-22 September, see
  •  The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, through the CSRC work on utility infrastructure projects (TUCP, MUSCos and All-in-One)
  • FuturICT,, a flagship project connecting ICT with social science, and complexity science. Our relationship with UCL and interest in modelling of complex systems connects us closely to the grand plans of this flagship venture.
  • Center for Supply Networks (CaSN) at Arizona State University via associations with Tom Choi and Kevin Dooley.
  • Phoenix CASoS Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories

  For details of Doctoral Opportunities, click here.

Knowledge Interchange

Book Summaries - Strategy, Complexity and Change Management

Hot Topics - Strategy, Complexity and Change Management

Research Insights - Strategy

Critical Guides

Strategy, Complexity and Change Management


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