Explorations in Systems Thinking: From System of Systems to Systemic Media
In our exploration of a problematique of systems, we have offered fresh insights into both new and old problems alike. But, our exploration is a million miles journey with an ending unforeseeable beyond a distant horizon. Therefore, it is only by the exploration by the many that we will blaze trails for others to follow. In this exploration, we will ask many questions, for which the answers will often be yet more questions. This exploration, powered by intense intellectual curiosity and the questions we find is the motivation of this project.
Five refereed journal publications are cited below. These represent not only products of past but also opened new doors to new paths to follow. They cover the main foci for our applied systems thinking research: systemic media; System(s) of Systems; the role of paradoxical thinking; and, systomics -the science of systems thinking. Choose one of these papers as a vehicle with which to embark on your own exploration for which you will address the following:
1. What makes the concepts presented in this paper tractable (or not)?
2. What can you offer to enhance, modify, alter, or assist in making these concepts digestible to the systems engineer?
3. What new questions does your exploration reveal, and what may the paths to these questions look like?
Aim high. I would like the results of your exploration to lead to new products such as those we now make available. I want you to have the desire to see your work published so scholars and practitioners alike can benefit from your labors.
Boardman, J. On Systemic Media for Problem Owners. Systems Research Forum. 4(1):1-32
DiMario, M., J. Boardman, andB. Sauser. (2010). System of Systems Collaborative Formation. IEEE Systems Journal. 3(3):360-368 (School of Systems Enterprises Best Student Paper Award)
John, L., J. Boardman, and B. Sauser. (2008). Leveraging paradox in systems engineering: Discovering wisdom. Information, Knowledge, Systems Management. 7(4):357-376 (2010 Analytic Services Joseph B. Platt Award for Publication Excellence)
Sauser, B.J., J. Boardman, and D. Verma. (2010). Systomics: Towards a Biology of System of Systems. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A. 40(4):803-814
Baldwin, W., T. Ben-Zvi, and B. Sauser (2011). Formation of Collaborative System of Systems through Belonging Choice Mechanisms. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans. 42(4):793-801
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