Complexity Management

Concentration Description

The Complexity Management concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with the practice of strategic and operational management at small, mid, and large scale, across sectors. 

Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: complexity capability, conflict transformation, action learning, scenario planning, adaptive leadership, strategic control, and holarchy.

"The purpose of higher education is to provide the occasion for ignition."

—Thomas Merton

Selected Concentration Courses

Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:

  • Complex Adaptive Systems 
  • Complexity Capability in Human Systems
  • Emergence and Strategic Management
  • Transformative Innovation
  • Creative, Generative, and Appreciative Approaches to Inquiry
  • Sense-Making and Meaning-Making in Organizations
  • Transforming Organizational Cultures

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep intensive connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong intensives per academic year, until they complete the intensive requirement for their degree program. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Virtual intensives are also available for students who can’t travel to residential intensive locations. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.