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Inquiry into Informing Systems: critical systemic thinking in practice

Bednar, Peter LU and Welch, Christine (2009) In Foundations of Informing Science: 1999-2008 p.459-501
Abstract
Any perceived human activity is, by definition, also a complex informing system. Human activity systems must continually adapt to their dynamic environments in order to survive. There is therefore a role for deutero-lerning through human sense-making and multiple levels of reflection in bringing this about. In this chapter, the authors suggest a need for an approach based in philosophy as practice, when considering the complexities of informing systems. Our discussion draws upon a variety of reference disciplines that have contributed to developing an epistemology of informing systems discourse. These include systems science, systems thinking and cybernetics (which we explore through the work of Gregory Bateson and C. West Churchman);... (More)
Any perceived human activity is, by definition, also a complex informing system. Human activity systems must continually adapt to their dynamic environments in order to survive. There is therefore a role for deutero-lerning through human sense-making and multiple levels of reflection in bringing this about. In this chapter, the authors suggest a need for an approach based in philosophy as practice, when considering the complexities of informing systems. Our discussion draws upon a variety of reference disciplines that have contributed to developing an epistemology of informing systems discourse. These include systems science, systems thinking and cybernetics (which we explore through the work of Gregory Bateson and C. West Churchman); biological systems (through the work of Maturana and Varela); philosophy (explored through the work of Gerard Radnitzky and Hans-Erik Nissen, as well as Gregory Bateson); and organizational behaviour (explored through the work of Borje Langefors, Chris Argyris and Karl Weick). We conclude by presenting two examples of hermeneutically-informed, phenomenological approaches. (Less)
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Sense-Making, Phenomenological Approaches, Information Systems, Human Activity Systems, Systems Analysis, Informing Systems, Critical Systemic Thinking, Cybernetics, Systems Science, Systems Thinking, Contextual Analysis, Strategic Systemic Thinking
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Foundations of Informing Science: 1999-2008
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Gill, Grandon
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459 - 501
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Informing Science Press
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978-1-932886-15-3
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