Category Archives: Systems

Systemic Action Research – Changing system dynamics to support sustainable change

This article explores the characteristics of systemic action research. It looks at the conceptual underpinnings of systemic action research and explores some of the ways in which it differs from (builds on) other forms of action research. It then explores … Continue reading


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Recipes for Systemic Change

The Helsinki Design Lab is one of the most interesting of a family of new hybrid models that are trying to synthesise the best of design with the best of public policy and problem solving. These models tend to draw … Continue reading

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Knowledge, complexity, and innovation systems

Read The book addresses the relationship between knowledge, complexity and innovation systems. It integrates research findings from a broad area including economics, business studies, management studies, geography, mathematics and science & technology contributions from a wide range group of international … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Organizational Change – Systems and Complexity Theories

Read It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to gain competitive advantage by being able to manage and survive change. This paper presents two theoretical paradigms (systems and complexity theories) through which organizational change processes can be fruitfully examined. Systems … Continue reading

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Biosphere, Homosphere, and Robosphere – Living systems, Language, Conversations, Emotions, Love, Friendship

Read   The biosphere is a history of autonomous living systems. It is a history of transformations in the conservation of living. In the biosphere what is conserved is living, with changes in the forms of living, that is various … Continue reading

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Soft systems methodology

Soft systems methodology (SSM) is a systemic approach for tackling real-world complex problem situations. Developed in the 1970s by a team of academics from the University of Lancaster led by Prof Peter Checkland, and resulted from their attempts to tackle … Continue reading

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Systems Approaches to Managing Change in a world of increasing complexity: A Practical Guide

Read In a world of increasing complexity, instant information availability and constant flux, systems approaches provide the opportunity of a tangible anchor of purpose and iterate learning. The five approaches outlined in the book offer a range of interchangeable tools … Continue reading

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