Any risk which specifically results of the complexity of a system.
The specific risk is an ever possible consequence of some unadverted instability within the system, due to some architecture error if man-constructed, or more exceptionally of some inherent property in a natural system.
Man-constructed systems, when complex, are very difficult to fully understand and to manage properly. Furthermore, they are generally more or less unstable (submitted to chaotic determinism).
Natural systems may contain unknown longterm instabilities, as for example in the case of geological faults activity.
In human systems a supplementary factor of risk is the ever latent possibility of operative or management errors that may trigger a catastrophic course.
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
To cite this page, please use the following information:
Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (2020). Title of the entry. In Charles François (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2). Retrieved from www.systemspedia.org/[full/url]
We thank the following partners for making the open access of this volume possible: