The construct of systems intelligence (SI) is a new concept to social and human sciences and to the study of man. This article aims firstly at providing a psychological articulation of SI by using different concepts of “intelligence” as offered in psychology. The second aim of this chapter is to demonstrate how properties of abilities, competences, styles, and traits can be used to propose different approaches to SI (e.g., Trait- SI, Ability-SI). A basis for a psychologically informed yet multi-disciplinary perspective on SI is set which aims at fostering future research.
The foremost goal of this article is to inspire researchers to attend to empirical studies on SI. Hence, several different (and maybe even competing) possible approaches to SI are articulated, in the hope that other researchers will find some of them interesting and conduct empirical studies exploring their usefulness for SI research as well as their applicability for practice.