Changing Paradigms in the Information Society: From Analysis to Systems Thinking

By Stanislas Bigirimana.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Analysis implies understanding complex systems and processes by cutting them into parts. However, the information revolution introduces a series of paradigm changes that implies shifting from the analytic model to system thinking. System thinking acknowledges the intrinsic complexity of reality and in addition to limiting itself to the way the different parts of a system fit together (what analysis actually does well), system thinking also tackles issues pertaining to the evolution of systems over time and to the internalization of various subsystems within a system. Moreover, system thinking takes into account the interaction complex systems and processes with their internal and external environments.

Keywords: System Thinking, System Practice, Information Society, Dynamic and Integrative Epistemology, Process Philosophy, Cybernetics

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 620.476KB).

Dr. Stanislas Bigirimana

PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Baden Württemberg, Germany

My name is Stanislas Bigirimana. I hold a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Azaliah University (USA). My academic interests include epistemology, business ethics and African philosophy. With my MBA I have developed an interest in Strategic Management, Organisational Behaviour, International Marketing and Management Information Systems. My diverse academic interests converge on the fact the information society in my view calls for a series of paradigm changes that imply at the metaphysical level recognising reality as complex and at the epistemological level designing new approaches and models that accommodate not only the intrinsic complexity of reality but the dynamic and integrative nature of individual and collective human processes. I am currently writing a doctoral thesis on the epistemological implications of the information revolution where I assess the needed paradigm changes for a model of human knowing that integrates the emotional, intellectual, ethical and practical abilities of the human person and that influences organisational, decision-making and problem-solving processes in a dynamic and integrative pattern. I ground these paradigm changes in a global “information society” that defines itself as a “knowledge society”.

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