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Contextual Analysis – a Multiperspective Inquiry into Emergence of Complex Socio-cultural Systems

Bednar, Peter LU (2009) AIRS2007: 4th National Conference of the Italian-Systems-Society p.299-312
Abstract
This paper explores the concept of organizations as complex human activity systems, through the perspectives of alternative systemic models. The impact of alternative models on perception of individual and organizational emergence is highlighted. Using information systems development as an example of management activity, individual and collective sense-making and learning processes are discussed. Their roles in relation to information systems concepts are examined. The main locus of the paper is on individual emergence in the context of organizational systems. A case is made for the importance of attending to individual uniqueness and contextual dependency when carrying out organizational analyses, e.g. information systems analysis. One... (More)
This paper explores the concept of organizations as complex human activity systems, through the perspectives of alternative systemic models. The impact of alternative models on perception of individual and organizational emergence is highlighted. Using information systems development as an example of management activity, individual and collective sense-making and learning processes are discussed. Their roles in relation to information systems concepts are examined. The main locus of the paper is on individual emergence in the context of organizational systems. A case is made for the importance of attending to individual uniqueness and contextual dependency when carrying out organizational analyses, e.g. information systems analysis. One particular method for contextual inquiry, the framework for Strategic Systemic Thinking, is then introduced, The framework supports stakeholders to own and control their own analyses. This approach provides a vehicle through which multiple levels of contextual dependencies can be explored and allows for individual emergence to develop. (Less)
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keywords
strategic systemic thinking, contextual dependency, contextual analysis, individual emergence
host publication
Processes Of Emergence Of Systems And Systemic Properties: Towards a General Theory of Emergence, Proceedings - WORLS279346
editor
Minati, Gianfranco ; Abram, Mario and Pessa, Eliano
pages
13 pages
publisher
World Scientific Publishing
conference name
AIRS2007: 4th National Conference of the Italian-Systems-Society
conference location
Castel Ivano, Italy
conference dates
2007-10-18 - 2007-10-20
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  • wos:000264131000020
ISBN
978-981-279-346-1
981-279-346-1
language
English
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yes
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7e48b74a-3974-4e44-a241-aa46a45bbed6 (old id 1401885)
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2016-04-04 11:57:10
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  author       = {Bednar, Peter},
  booktitle    = {Processes Of Emergence Of Systems And Systemic Properties: Towards a General Theory of Emergence, Proceedings - WORLS279346},
  editor       = {Minati, Gianfranco and Abram, Mario and Pessa, Eliano},
  isbn         = {978-981-279-346-1},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {299--312},
  publisher    = {World Scientific Publishing},
  title        = {Contextual Analysis – a Multiperspective Inquiry into Emergence of Complex Socio-cultural Systems},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/files/5893241/1496850},
  year         = {2009},
}