Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2016

DOI

10.1016/j.procs.2016.09.296

Publication Title

Procedia Computer Science

Volume

95

Pages

80-86

Conference Name

Complex Adaptive Systems, Conference Organized by Missouri University of Science and Technology 2016 - Los Angeles, CA

Abstract

With the rapid growth and integration in technology and information, the behavior and structure of complex systems presents escalating challenges. Complex systems are marked by high level of ambiguity, uncertainty, and emergence. These conditions impose challenges and difficulties for practitioners responsible to successfully manage and design complex systems. There is a fundamental need to have a cadre of individuals who are capable of dealing with increasingly complex systems and their problems. One response is Systems Thinking, which can provide a holistic thinking paradigm that opens new channels and opportunities to think differently about complex systems as a whole unit. This paradigm will enable individuals to avoid solving the wrong problems. The emphasis of this paper is to explore possible applications of a research-based instrument developed to capture the level of systems thinking for individuals who engage and design complex systems. The Systems Thinking Profiles produced by the instrument represent individual inclination to adapt a systemic perspective for engaging and solving complex system problems, and reflects a state that can be enhanced through training and/or education to improve capacity for systems thinking.

Comments

This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

Original Publication Citation

Castelle, K. M., & Jaradat, R. M. (2016). Development of an instrument to assess capacity for systems thinking. Procedia Computer Science, 95, 80-86. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2016.09.296

ORCID

0000-0002-0297-3581(Castelle)

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