2007/08/06 10:10 Jim Kijima, "Smart ISSS", ISSS Tokyo 2007

2007/08/06 10:10 Jim Kijima,  "Smart ISSS", ISSS Tokyo 2007

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Jim Kijima

Jim Kijima

Talk purposes:

  • Power of an academic society in general
  • ISSS

Three concepts:

  • Hard power, soft power, smart power

Original idea from Joseph Nye, well known in International Politics

  • Power of a nation as hard power and soft power
  • Hard power as military and economic power, as the basis for getting other countries to change their position
  • Soft power as ability to move people by argument
  • Shape preferences of other countries

Smart power as an integration of hard power and soft power

  • Ability to attract others

Smart power of an academic society

  • Ability to attract stakeholders/clients


  • Researchers and practitioners, especially young
  • Society, including government and public sectors

Systems sciences as a new generation Liberal Arts

  • Propose a new direction

Research aims:

  • Shared map
  • Methodologies
  • Systems models and systems concepts
  • Induction, deduction, abduction

Systems science should be like an intelligence common knowledge, in the next generation


  • Provide ways of thinking

In Japan, people still have a bit more patience towards academic research that doesn't necessarily produce direct and short-term returns

Fund raising

  • Need to enhance international collaboration
  • Next program: global COE
  • ISSS could play some role in facilitating and coordinating

Ambition in Japan:  to launch a network hub of systems research with support by the Japanese government in 2009