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EPSRC Reference: GR/R14613/01
Title: NETWORK: Systems Practice For Managing Complexity
Principal Investigator: Ison, Professor R
Other Investigators:
Stowell, Professor FA
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Department: Centre for Complexity & Change
Organisation: Open University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 February 2001 Ends: 31 January 2004 Value (£): 62,758
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Communications
Financial Services
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The purpose of the project is to build a network organised around five 'big' questions:1. What constrains/enhances the translation of systems thinking into systems practice and new systems thinking?2. To what extent does the reification of current 'first-order' conceptions of knowledge, information and 'effective communication' constrain organisational change, precipitate failure, particularly in IT and IS related developments and restrict the evolution of new communities of systems practice?3. Is it possible to manage for 'self-organisation' and emergence and if so how?4. What constitutes an effective pedagogy for building capacity in systems thinking and practice?5. What constitutes ethical systems practice particularly in relation to the issues of global sustainable development and the threats of enclosure of the 'knowledge/information commons'?In addition to responses to these questions the network will deliver new researchable projects, material for systems pedagogy, and new insights into how to build communities of systems practitioners.
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