Platforms for Critical Systems Practice: an Organization-based Action Research Project -- Alvaro CARRIZOSA de la Torre, August 5, 2002

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

Sunday, August 5, 2002, 12:05 p.m., Critical Systems Track

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 ( ).

Ph.D. student from Colombia, Lincoln School of Management, UK

Exploring chaos and complexity in management from a critical thinking perspective

General research model:

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Incoherency 1: Abandon the technical interest without doing so

Incoherency 2: Making the practical interest technical, driving the organization to the edge of chaos

Incoherency 3: Making the emancipatory interest technical: co-evolution and the forces of the market.

Incoherency 4: Assuming complex - pluralist contexts as normal, but acting according to complexity unitary problem context

Incoherency 5: The pervasiveness of one dominant schema versus the dynamic of changes in schemas


Incoherency 6: Social Constructism and Structuralism influencing control parameters

Recent book by Stacey: moving towards a more interprevist paradigm, but it's unsure whether he knows he doing that.


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