Systemic Business Community

A salon discussing research into systemics and business

In Cancun last July, I was at an ISSS dinner hosting Jim Spohrer, whom the society was featuring as a plenary speaker. In a moment when the others (G. A. Swanson, Michael Jackson, Brian Hilton) were chatting with Jim about something else, I mentioned to Jennifer Wilby that she and I spend so much time working on ISSS administration issues that we actually never get around to discussing systems science. This morning, on a telephone call about my upcoming visit to the University of Hull, we actually got close to discussing real content!

March 26th, 2006

Posted In: hierarchy theory, sustainability

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The Systemic Business community had its origins on the afternoon of Thursday, July 20, 2000.

Four of us were attending the World Congress on Systems Science — Minna Takala, David Hawk, Ian Simmonds, and myself. We were sitting the cafeteria at Ryerson University, after four days of sessions. Compared to the prior ISSS meetings that we had attended — DLH and I were at 1998‘s meeting, and all four of us were at the 1999 meeting — we were disappointed at the quality of the presentations. This meeting was considerably larger than prior events, combining the resources and memberships of many systems-oriented organizations as a millenium event. Larger size seemed to correlate with more ambiguous review criteria, and therefore some really bad talks.

March 25th, 2006

Posted In: salons