1.2 Critical Systems Thinking and the Management of Complexity
This session welcomes papers which discuss and critique the philosophical and methodological foundations of different systems approaches. Relevant papers will examine the manner in which the theoretical underpinnings of a systems approach (or approaches) impact – for better or worse – on its ability to address issues arising from the complexity of our highly interconnected world. Contributions that suggest how systems methodologies, and their theoretical assumptions, can be modified to make them more successful in practice will be welcome. As will contributions that debate how different systems approaches can be used in combination to manage complexity. Papers that reflect on what ‘improvement’ means, from a systems perspective, are encouraged. Finally, papers that demonstrate the case they make by using examples of practical application will be much appreciated.