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This video of an hour-long workshop introduces the core concepts and patterns of thought of the system dynamics approach to complex problems: thinking dynamically, thinking causally, thinking about accumulations, and the key to it all, thinking endogenously. The session builds skills in the mechanics of defining problems dynamically, mapping systems structure, and teasing out qualitative […]
The encyclopedia is a searchable online database of concepts that support the advancement of cybernetic and systems research and applications. There are more than 3,800 entries. Topics include abstraction, complexity, decision hierarchy, emergence, feedback, gap analysis, hierarchy, interdependence, non-linear dynamics, path dependence, root definition, stakeholder analysis, and worldview. Each concept is briefly explained and linked […]
Systems archetypes are recurring generic systems structures found in many kinds of organisations, under many circumstances, and at many levels and scales. They are distinctive combinations of reinforcing and balancing processes. These system archetypes teach how to diagnose recurring problems and to design effective interventions. Eight common archetypes are: fixes that fail shifting the burden […]
This resource archive covers system dynamics modeling; agent-based modeling; and social network analysis. It contains videos, slides, lecture details, and bibliographies from the Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH). The Institute “is a week-long, immersive learning opportunity designed to introduce general principles of systems science and foster a deeper understanding of selected methodologies that […]
The Team Science website provides four education modules. The module on team science covers: 1) team conflicts and resolutions, 2) incentives and disincentives to collaborative research, 3) communication techniques and 4) evaluation methods. Three other modules examine team science research in Behavioural Science, Basic Medical Science and Clinical Medical Science, respectively. Website: https://www.teamscience.net/ Posted: December 2011Last modified: […]
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The Team Science Toolkit is a “user-generated collection of information and resources that support the practice and study of team science.” It is hosted by the National Cancer Institute at the US National Institutes of Health. The toolkit has resources relevant for many kinds of team work. The toolkit features: more than 120 tools 40 […]
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The concepts of trading zones and interactional expertise provide useful ways of thinking about and improving collaborations across very different disciplinary communities, such as materials science, social psychology and ethics. The characteristics of trading zones include common language (which can range from jargon to pidgin to creole), ‘goods’ to be traded (such as time, resources, […]
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Transboundary competence involves the ability to deal with diversity and to cross the boundaries that divide perspectives. Seven key boundaries and useful approaches to cross them are shown in the following table:   Need to cross boundaries between… Useful approach 1. systems systems analysis 2. disciplines interdisciplinarity 3. science and society transdisciplinary; participatory 4. nations […]
This review of core competencies that need to be taught to develop transdisciplinary research includes: understanding the potential and limits of their own discipline understanding other disciplines ability to communicate clearly and concisely reflexivity on roles, social skills and discipline process. These are then related to the phases of transdisciplinary research and to useful teaching […]
Transdisciplinary research is based on the objects of integration and implementation. The research process aims to create space for common thinking, mutual learning and joint action between partners from diverse disciplines and societal fields in order to create knowledge, understanding and induce transformation. Therefore, an integrative methodology has to be set up consisting of a […]

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