chapter  5
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Non-Linear Dynamics in Port Systems: Change Events at Work

ByMARCEL VAN GILS, LASSE GERRITS, GEERT R. TEISMAN

This quote refers to a change event in one of the case studies discussed in this chapter. It provides an apt illustration of the existence of non-linear dynamics in governance processes. A single action in a legal subsystem away from what was perceived to be the centre of the process created confusion and disorganization, the unintended outcome of which was several years of hard work with no progress. These kind of events, unforeseen but having a considerable impact on the course and development of governance processes, will become more and more important in complex process systems. In particular, unforeseen events can generate non-linearity, for better or for worse.