Category Archives: Social systems

Systemic Instruments for Regional Development

This paper is the English Summary of the report “Systemische Instrumente für die Regionalentwicklung”. The research project was induced by the following considerations: “Regions” – or more precisely: the actors of regional development and addressees of regional policies and their … Continue reading

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A Cognition-based View of Decision Processes in Complex Social–Ecological Systems

This synthesis paper is intended to provide an overview of individual and collective decisionmaking processes that might serve as a theoretical foundation for a complexity-based approach to environmental policy design and natural resource management planning. Human activities are the primary … Continue reading

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Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems

Hierarchies and adaptive cycles comprise the basis of ecosystems and social-ecological systems across scales. Together they form a panarchy. The panarchy describes how a healthy system can invent and experiment, benefiting from inventions that create opportunity while being kept safe … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis and Socialization: on Luhmann’s reconceptualization of Communication and Socialization

In 1984, Niklas Luhmann published Soziale Systeme in which he applies the idea of autopoiesis (self-production) to social  systems. Abstracted from its biological connotations, the concept of autopoiesis leads to a sharp distinction between different  kinds of autopoietic organization, i.e. … Continue reading

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The Emerging Consensus in Social Systems Theory

In The Emerging Consensus of Social Systems Theory Bausch summarizes the works of over 30 major systemic theorists. He then goes on to show the converging areas of consensus among these out-standing thinkers. Bausch categorizes the social aspects of current … Continue reading

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O Impacto das redes sociais na sociedade

Ver Augusto de Franco.  O BAWB-GFAL em 2011 convida os diferentes setores  da sociedade civil, do sistema  produtivo, de serviços e de gestão pública a identificar  quais  os fatores que, no momento atual,    retardam ou alavancam  a inovação e  o … Continue reading

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Towards a Second Order Research Methodology

Read This paper addresses the need  for re-examining the cognitive perspective on the role of language in social research. From the autopoietic  perspective, language  is not a tool to reveal an objective world; rather language is a venue  for action, … Continue reading

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