SIG: Human Systems Inquiry and Research

Welcome to the public SIG Page

 

The focus of the  SIG at ISSS is Human Systems Inquiry and Research.

 

Systems thinking can be quite clean and predictive...until you include those messy elements we call...humans. This SIG is dedicated to analysis and synthesis of systems that take the human factor into perspective, including our unique motivations, secret agendas, relationships and opinions. We're interested in your papers and presentations that help provide understanding of or at least exposure to the complexity of humans in corporations, family units, non-profits, government agencies and social structures.
 
Human systems inquiry builds upon the work in social systems design by Churchman, Ackoff and Checkland as well as the critical systems thinking work done by Jackson, Ulrich, Flood and Midgley.
 
Churchman has been the most articulate and most effective advocate of ethical systems theory and morality in human systems inquiry. Churchman says that systems inquiry must be value-oriented and it must be guided by the social imperative, which dictates that the technological efficiency must be subordinated to social efficiency. 

The SIG was started by Arne Collen many years ago. He died in February 2012 Any current or former member or anyone with more history knowledge please let us know.

 

 

Purpose of the page

 

The purpose of the page is to engage with non-members on the activities of the Human Systems Inquiry and Research SIG. We will inform you about the information we provide to members on the ISSS to make the decision so much easier. This SIG has not had a Chair for a while and so is in the process of being re-energized. ( 12 Sep 2022) 

 

 

Contact us

 

Please use the contact us form on the home page to send a message and indicate clearly for Attention: Peter Tuddenham and or Katrina Kessler

 

 

Bibliograhphy and Links

 

1. THE RESEARCH ACTIVITY SYSTEM AS SOCIOCYBERNETICSYSTEMIC FLOWS INDICATIVE OF AN EMERGENT COMPLEXITY IN THE CONDUCT OF HUMAN INQUIRY 

2. EMERGENCE OF ARCHITECTURAL PHENOMENA IN THE HUMAN HABITATION OF SPACE

3. Design of a life: Sustainability and the inquirer/researcher alias designer in an Evolving World system

4. Es of Praxiology in Inquiry

5. SEVEN ACTIVITIES TO ENGAGE SYSTEMS THINKING

6. TRANS-DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY THROUGH CONVERGENCE OF ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, ART AND HUMAN SCIENCE

7. Developing Human Inquiry for Systemic Change

8. Whether to design and plan a life

9. Logical Openness in Systems

10. DESCRIBING TRANSCULTURAL ACTIVITY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE SYSTEMlC YIEW