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Monday, August 3
 

13:30

A Call to Action for the Systems Sciences Community

The world’s systems scientists are crucial knowledge holders in this anthropocene era.  This paper will put forth a deep call to action to the systems community.  It is vital in this time that members of this community put themselves on more influential platforms, speaking in more audible ways, and with a congruent voice.  The message must be about what this community can see about the degradation of the living organism that is our earth, and what must happen in order to enable its survival.

This paper frames the systems community as keepers of vital wisdom about the macro effects of how the earth has been altered by humans.  We will argue that such macro-level understanding must be joined with regional and local level meaning-making processes already underway across the globe, and it must inform those initiatives.  As important, micro-level activities must have more ways to inform and influence macro level perspectives on how human activity is responding to the imperatives of the anthropocene.  We will argue that this call to action is a call to develop fields of attraction – visible, plausible alternatives to the human behaviours that, in aggregate, jeopardize the likelihood that our future can be one wherein we can thrive.  We propose there must be attractors with a wide variety of design paths, presented as narratives that invite and entice participation. 

We will examine obstacles that members of the systems community face in taking up a call to action like this, along with ways to meet those obstacles, clearing the path to greater participation by systems experts in rising to the realities of life in the anthropocene age.

 

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CORPORATE LEVEL MANAGERIAL KNOWLEDGE AS A COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEM

Luz Maria Rivas

lrivasm@eafit.edu.co

Managing a single business demands knowing about how to create and sustain its competitive advantage. Managing multibusiness firms additionally requires coordinating business diversity and capturing synergies that increases managerial complexity. Those challenges demand a different kind of knowledge. Based on a qualitative research, this paper presents a conceptual model of this knowledge as a complex adaptive system (CAS).  As a CAS, multilevel agents, synergy stimulus, adaptive responses and action systems compose this knowledge. Corporate level managerial knowledge characterizes as tacit, collective, integrative and collaborative. The research used a case study approach in a Colombian multibusiness firm, focusing on the top management team. The resulting approach helps to enhance the conception of corporate level managerial knowledge and this approach facilitates decision-making decentralization.

Keywords: Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), Multibusiness Firm, Managerial Knowledge, Corporate Strategy

 


Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Irma Wilson

Irma Wilson

Founder, FutureSharp
Business unusual strategist, edge inhabiter and provocateur.“Design thinking is core to how humanity innovate. And find it, we must. We’re talking species survival here, the Earth will be fine.”Irma Wilson is a Collective Intelligence Strategist and Futurist who keeps a finger... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Buckle

Pamela Buckle

SIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health, Adelphi University
Secretary and Vice President for Protocol, International Society for the Systems SciencesSIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health (see below for more information)Pamela Buckle Henning She is an Associate Professor of Management at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 13:30 - 14:00
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00

Systemic Consulting - Practices
Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Gabriele Harrer

Gabriele Harrer

Head Malik Competence Center Vester, Malik Management St.Gallen AG
Gabriele Harrer was long years project manager and scientific assistant to Prof. Frederic Vester, Member of the Club of Rome, in his "Studygroup for Biology and Environment, Munich.  She worked closely with Vester in his workshops, big system studies and projects and his books and... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 14:00 - 14:30
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30

Emergent Purposes in the Networks Internationalization Generate the International System
Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
AP

Ass. Prof. Andrea Moretta Tartaglione

Assistant Professor, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
ISSS One Day


Monday August 3, 2015 14:30 - 15:00
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

13:30

P2P in the Anthropocene with the Convergence Gathering as a Case Study

Victor MacGill

There are many threats as we move deeper into the anthropocene age. The dominance based hierarchies that have become an unquestioned part of 21st century life are a reflection of the linear profit driven paradigm that fails to see the interconnectedness between us, and between us and the world we inhabit.  In order to find a pathway out of the looming dystopic futures that appear to be unfolding, a new paradigm that recognises the connectedness within nature and the social world is necessary to generate new social structures that can lead to more sustainable, thriving futures.

One weak signal on the horizon that might foreshadow a change in paradigm towards a more healthy way of seeing the world and interacting in it is the peer to peer movement. The peer to peer movement creates ways for people to interact without intervening controlling hierarchies that build value for those involved. There are a number of forms from digitally based platforms like Wikipedia, Linux, couch surfing and ride sharing through to the Arab Spring and occupy Wall Street. There are also links to the co-operative movement and community initiatives like transition towns and permacultural living.

A case study is presented examining one type of peer to peer group in more detail to reveal practical issues of operating within this new paradigm. The Convergence gathering is a group of people interested in alternative lifestyles that has met for five or six days over the New Year in North Canterbury, New Zealand for almost thirty years. It has developed an organisational style with no ongoing structured leadership.

 


Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday August 4, 2015 13:30 - 14:00
Stockholm 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00

Systemic Approach to Examine the Relationship Between Structure, Conduct and Performance Model of Agriculture in Africa, Evidence from Ghana
Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 14:30
Stockholm 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30

Relevance of Stakeholders for Tourism Management: The Case of the El Chico National Park, Hidalgo, Mexico

El Chico National Park (ECNP) is one of the most important protected areas in the state of Hidalgo. Tourism management of this protected area involves numerous stakeholders with different needs, resources and perceptions of nature. There are four forest communities that are involved in the tourist use of this park, but other stakeholders are also behind tourism activity in this PA: federal government agencies, state government agencies, municipalities, unorganized smallholder entrepreneurs. Tourism management of this protected area is a complex issue, particularly, when decision-making process is centralised by government bodies. This study explores the relationships’ structure among government agencies and community tourist associations (CTA) based on the tourism management of El Chico National Park.  This study presents a descriptive analysis of collaborative networks among ECNP’s stakeholders, using a qualitative research.

Keywords: tourism management, government bodies, collaborative networks, stakeholders, protected areas.


Moderators
avatar for Louis Klein

Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:30 - 15:00
Stockholm 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Thursday, August 6
 

13:30

Principles of Redundancy

Robert Merton once commented, according to Margaret Mead, that after WW2, “there wasn’t a person in the country (U.S.A) who was thinking hard about problems who didn’t have a folder somewhere marked something like circular systems”. In the present age that folder might read ‘universal patterns’. Human obsession with pattern is not new. Patterns, cycles, periodicities and all manner of repetition have been observed and measured for an unknown period of time throughout human history. We find in nature isomorphic relationships of pattern across vast scales. Indeed, it holds true that pattern formation has cosmic ancestry. From galaxy formations to the tiny neuronal assemblages of brains, or the branching structures of river systems and trees, one cannot help but be nagged by persistent pattern resemblance.

Notoriously, theories of isomorphies have become unfashionable in systems theory circles.  One can speculate on the reason for this but without question they exert a toll on the faculties of the mind that seeks to wrestle such a hydra.  Len Troncale points out a rupture between the holistic, heuristic methodologies—of what might be called broadly, soft systems—and those of isomorphy based approaches. Where traditionally the former is a non-prescriptive, interactive learning based approach and the later offers deterministic potential yet little in the way of an applied approach. Nevertheless, the original goal of Systems thinking remains: elucidation of isomorphies, and thereafter, their application as a methodological tool to solve a problem of function in a real world system.

It was with this in mind that a novel theory—the Principles of Redundancy—was developed during my PhD to provide a tentative proposal capable of explaining system dynamics. This is a novel rendering of the concept ‘redundancy’ that subsumes our traditional explanations and explicates the idea as the basis for the theory. Five Principles are introduced with the aim of exploring the oft used, but rarely examined concepts: order, development, complexity, emergence and stability.

This inquiry resides in the discourse of natural philosophy. It is proposed that Redundancy is a phenomenon that gives rise to order and increasing complexity from sub-atomic particles to supra-social systems. Pattern and form are ineluctably tied into this inquiry and constitute the backbone of the Principles. A focus on non-equilibrium processes, evolution and information informs the discussion and conclusions. The natural condition of the universe is for increasing energy degradation in non-equilibrated cascades of dissipative structures that develop patterns and patterns of patterns.

Development of this idea emanates from what Gregory Bateson called an ‘ecology of mind’ or ‘ecology of ideas’. Whilst Bateson, and others that have subsequently run in his wake, are right to point out the ineffable beauty and mystery of the ecological world—how it is given by physics and chemistry, but is intrinsically not explainable in the same terms—there persists a question of the unity of nature. Shedding light on the nature of pattern and order are, in the words of Bateson, nontrivial. Present in any question about existence is the conundrum in nature between the continuity of change and the discontinuity of the classes which result from change. Explanation, or more acutely exploration, of this conundrum plainly does not lodge in the language of physics, chemistry, ecology or the social sciences. Yet each of the disciplines surely has many ingredients that can and must be used in establishing a new dish—a new epistemology.

 



Presenter / Artist

Thursday August 6, 2015 13:30 - 14:00
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00

Evolutionary Phases of the Emerging Consilience Organization

At the turn of the 21st century, new forms of organization with different essence are emerging across various sectors with the intertwined complicated problems in the global context. Such complicated problems embody both detailed complexity of order and dynamic complexity of Chaos. Dynamic vs. static state, close system vs. open system, and structural coupling with both nature and norm are prevalently observed in many organizations. While entropy and negentropy compose the two sides of organizational energy flow, we also see the coexistence of the negative feedback loops minimizing possibility space for higher performance and the positive feedback loops maximizing possibility space for renewal and allows greater innovation.

It is such co-existence, co-development and co-evolving organizational phenomenon that shape the unique culture of the emerging “Consilience Organization”. In a consilience organization, both hetero-organizing and self-organizing appear side by side, both bureaucrat and networks compose the operation structure, both whole (system-based) and parts (agent-based) have their role in organizational holarchy, both homogeneous and heterogeneous agents work together. Meanwhile, both self-interest value and other-interest value are allowed in consillience organization; and both rationality and unrationality, or bounded rationality is appreciated. The organizational espoused theory incorporates both modernism and postmodernism, or post post-modernism. In terms of organizational leadership, authority by law and contingency by situation are not contradictory; and both competition and cooperation are critical strategies. In regard with organizational change and transformation, first order cybernetics change is as important as second order cybernetics change; continuous change and discontinuous change occur at the same time. Other phenomenon in a consilience organization includes the co-existence of simple and complex organizational control, genotype and phenotype interaction rule, slow macro dynamics and fast micro dynamics. 

Since the emerging consilience organization might have the seemingly contradictory, yet co-existing and co-developing organizational embodiments, it is worthy of our further inquiry of its evolutionary phases. In the presentation, the author would propose a four- phased evolutionary process of a consilience organization, namely phase 1of becoming innovative, phase 2 of falling to chaos, phase 3 of getting better and phase 4 of turning rigid. Phase 1 and 3 are the intended consequences (or direct effects) of organizational activities; Phase 2 and 4 are the unintended consequences (or side effects) of organizational activities. From phase 1 to phase 2 and from phase 3 to phase 4 are the decline consequences (or desilience) of organizational activities; From phase 2 to phase 3 and from phase 4 to phase 1 are the growth consequences (or resilience) of organizational activities; the resilience from phase 2 to phase 3 need to stabilize and minimize the possibility space; the resilience from phase 4 to phase 1 need to unstabilize and maximize the possibility space.

The evolutionary phases of a consilience organization may not follow in the linear process. A consillence organization could survive from two kinds of desilience and make a great resilience. It could also take a new cycle of all of the 4 phases. Because the scale and strength are different from the first cycle, it needs a totally different skill of resilience, and we will name it re-resilience or consilience. In the re-resilience or consilience of the evolution phases of consilience organization, we could see the consilience organization evolve from low complexity to high complexity. It is expected that the evolution phases of consilience organization will be emerging as a new discipline of organizational, entrepreneurial, and social Innovation.

Key words: Consilience organization, Revolution phases, Desilience, Resilience, High complexity.


Presenter / Artist

Thursday August 6, 2015 14:00 - 14:30
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30

A Strategy on How to Learn the Way We Build Our Own World

In this paper I make the arguments that I see supporting a view of how we, the observers, can come to know the world we live in.

Thus, the purpose of this paper is to design a strategy on how to learn to observe the observer’s process of observing.  I start from a position in second order cybernetics, which turns out to be a Radical Constructivist position. The Constructivism admits the subjectivity and includes the experience of observing and not just what is observed. The result of observation will depend of the interaction and experience of the observer himself. But, how can the observer be observed if there is no access to a world apart from him?

On the one hand, the conceptual and philosophical analysis of current theories of second-order cybernetics gives relevance to the theory of the observer and the relationship between the observer and what is observed. On the other hand, it suggests that self-organization, cognition, and the observer model the observing systems. An observing model system includes what von Foerster calls the description of “the one who describes’’.

In the description of the describer, this question arises: what are the properties of an observer? The paper proposes a strategy that uses the concept of game and game designing. The game is the constitutive element of a space of action wherein a world emerges. In this context, the games are a tool that articulates learning and the properties of the observer. 

In this way, in the gaming experience, each participant experience individually the way he/she builds his/her world. Such constitution involves the experience of the observer, and the relation between his language and his world.


Presenter / Artist
avatar for Jose Bermeo

Jose Bermeo

Independent Research / Lecturer, Independent Research Professional / Los Andes University
Jose Bermeo studied Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2001 he obtained his M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at the University de los Andes (UA), Colombia. After that, in 2005, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University at the Clarendon Institute, UK. During... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 14:30 - 15:00
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany