Coping with System Sustainability: A Sociocybernetics Framework for Social-Economic System Architecture

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Guohua Bai, Lawrence Henesey
Title: Coping with System Sustainability: A Sociocybernetics Framework for Social-Economic System Architecture
Journal: Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Year: 2012
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Pagination: 263-273
ISSN: 1092-7026
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
URI/DOI: 10.1002/sres.1134
ISI number: 000304315400004
Other identifiers: 914174-803433
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Authors e-mail: gba@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: This paper proposes an epistemological model based on cybernetic principles and activity theory to interpret two levels of problems that are intertwined in our social-economic system, namely the liveability and sustainability problems. In the first part of the paper, important principles and concepts from related fields of cybernetics and activity theory are introduced for later construction of a model. In the second part, a model is constructed based on the introduced concepts. To validate the proposed model, the current economic crisis is studied in the third part. An important contribution of the proposed model is a theoretical understanding of the two levels problems, and how to construct macro social-economical policies to avoid similar crisis in the future.
Subject: Sustainability\General
Business Administration\Information
Sociology\General
Keywords: Feedback; Social Activities; Liveability; Sustainability; Autopoiesis.
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