Systems Approach to Trans-Disciplinary Knowledge Exchange -- Yoshiteri Nakamori, August 3, 2002

46th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Shanghai, P.R. China, August 2-6, 2002.

Saturday, August 3, 2002, 4:05 p.m.

This digest was created in real-time during the meeting, based on the speaker's presentation(s) and comments from the audience. These should not be viewed as official transcripts of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a single individual. Lapses, grammatical errors, and typing mistakes may not have been corrected. Questions about content should be directed to the originator. These notes have been contributed by David Ing ( at the IBM Advanced Business Institute ( ).

Introduction by Mike Jackson

Professor Yoshiteru Nakamori

Working with institute founded in 1998.

First, disabuse of a popular idea.

Reconsider the definition of knowledge creation, and the roles of systems science and technology.

Mainly two approaches to knowledge management: one relies on people, one on computers.

Nonaka and Takeuchi, The Knowledge Creating Company

Information science has been trying to create its own science.

Difficult to field information directly, unlike matter or energy.

Knowledge science can be a discipline that develops methods

Management science is to develop abilities

Integration is difficult.

Understand our limitations of ability to objectify the world.

Nonaka requires direct experience in the knowledge management approach.

Two approaches to intelligence in human beings:

Also two fields in systems science:

Challenge in knowledge science: dealing with different types of knowledge.

A system for creating systemic knowledge.

Subsystem intervention: What kind of knowledge is necessary?

Evaluate the knowledge-creating system:

How does this use computers and people as complements?

Why is this methodology a system?

How is trans-disciplinary knowledge exchange achieved?



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