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Philosophical insights in system modelling: an application to the field of innovation systems
by UngKyu Han; Martin Kunc
International Journal of Economics and Business Research (IJEBR), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2015

 

Abstract: This paper argues for the need to establish a 'dualistic' philosophical approach to systems in system dynamics modelling. The example of a regional innovation system permits an investigation into the influence of philosophical perspectives on the analysis of systems, including decision-making processes and the implementation of policies identifying key influences. Results show that any dynamic regional innovation system, over time, finds it impossible to apply only one approach, with the result that the perception of its systemic problems and the corresponding managerial solutions are likely to change. Therefore, system dynamicists in the innovation policy area should pursue a dialectical policy of 'thesis-antithesis-synthesis', reflecting the ever-changing conditions within and around innovation systems.

Online publication date: Wed, 15-Apr-2015

 

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