Presentation on theme: "Systems Theory Research Network What are we talking about What do we want to achieve How do we go about it."— Presentation transcript:
Systems Theory Research Network What are we talking about What do we want to achieve How do we go about it
Key Words - Large / Complex Large · number of elements, · variety of elements · hard to define boundary Complex · types of Interaction between elements · each element has a range of responses / behaviours · variety of system outcomes / behaviours · many levels
Key Words - Hard / Soft Complementarity ? 1.same system but different aspects or problems require different approaches 2.different classes of problem / system require different approaches If 1 then large & complex is most likely to call for combined approaches. 2 is unsatisfactory unless there is a unifying theory behind.
Examples ? Systems that are hard to control unintended effects Failures and disasters Spectacular successes
Process What page are we on / would like to be on What would be a good outcome? How do know when we have got there? What processes do we need to move in that direction?