Towards a critical operations management?
Dr. Jeff Foote
Online presentation and discussion 22 April 2021 9pm Orago NZ (7pm Sydney) - more details at ANZSYS Events
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Contemporary operations management theories are premised on a mechanistic view of the world. Although operations are socio-technical, a 'hard' systems perspective and concern for efficiency dominate scholarship. The role that values, interests and power-relations play in governing operational performance is seldom acknowledged but necessary
System boundaries and Surprise Attacks
Online presentation and discussion 6 May 2021 more details at ANZSYS Events
Professor Dr Bill Hutchinson
Investigating the problem of surprise attack using a systemic approach gave unusual insights including:
- Boundary development is by its nature something that restricts reality and actually forms its own. Reification is a great danger to the solution to the problem at hand.
- Boundaries are defined by power and influence and tend to be self-limiting.
Think Like a System Act Like an Entrepreneur
Online presentation and discussion 25 March 2021 more details at ANZSYS Events
Dr Lewe Atkinson
How entrepreneurs can use data science to test the value of their idea because its not always good enough to enter a new market with a “better product” and the world is “getting flatter” (maintaining competitive advantage via asynchrony of market information is no longer sustainable) so that’s why mining data the new way to unearth the nuggets.
New forms of education, economics democracy and governance : reframing economics, accounting and accountability
Online presentation and discussion 8 April 2021 more details at ANZSYS Events
The presenters propose an alternative cyclical economy based on eco-villages supporting urban hubs to re-generate rural-urban balance based on eco-facturing, to use Gunter Pauli’s concept. The development of eco-facturing
Systems Thinking for Tackling Wicked Problems
A Compendium of Managing Complex Systems
This picture is used by a Complexity advocate to conjecture that complex systems cannot be managed. This is not correct, as many of the claims made by self-proclaimed complexity experts. I've seen this scene of flocking birds first hand. It is mesmerizing to watch.Turns out these birds can be modeled with Boids, Flock Simulation of Birds, The Convergence of Bird Flocking, Flocking algorithm for autonomous flying robots, and numerous others.
Applying Systems Thinking to Managing Projects: A Viable Governance Model based on Stafford Beer’s Work
Prof. Shankar Shankaran
Online presentation and discussion
Wednesday 10th February 19:00 AEST
Zoom presentation - https://utsmeet.zoom.us/j/84018555928
New ebook: From Modularity to Emergence - Short Review
Dr Chih-Chun Chen and Dr Nathan Crilly of the Cambridge University Engineering Design Centre Design Practice Group have released a free, downloadable book, From Modularity to Emergence: A Primer on the Design and Science of Complex Systems.
Video: Keith Grint on Wicked Problems & Leadership
Here is Professor Keith Grint on Wicked Problems and Leadership
New book: 'Small Arcs of Larger Circles; by Nora Bateson
In her new book 'Small Arcs of Larger Circles', Nora Bateson invites us to weave together the rigor of systems thinking and complexity thinking with the expansiveness of our embodied, aesthetic experience - and introduces us to a new language and vocabulary of contextual, mutual learning.
Systems Resources from IIED
IIED is a policy and action research organisation in sustainable development. Based in London IIEDworks in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in decision-making arenas that affect them.
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