Creating Systemic Innovation: A Process-Oriented Systems Research


Series: Systems Engineering Methods, Developments and Technology
BISAC: TEC000000

In Creating Systemic Innovation, Dr. Jae Eon Yu draws upon recent “process-oriented” systems research to understand human, organizational and social problems. Dealing with these problems, systemic innovation is used to explore the creative potential of systems thinking, which is created by West Churchman, Stafford Beer, Peter Checkland, and French contemporary thinkers, Gilles Deleuze and Immanuel Levinas. He also shows how Norvert Elias’s theory of the civilizing process applies to unfold the complexity of real-world situations through learning processes of problem-solving and problematization.

He brings together from theories, ideas, and methods such as Churchman’s idea of boundary judgements and critique, Deleuze’s theory of rhizome/assemblage, Halliday’s theory of systemic functional linguistics, Beer’s viable system model, Checkland’s soft systems methodology, and many stories and case studies that explore both Western and Eastern cultural changes and transformational processes in daily life. It is an outcome of many years of consulting experiences with Korean government-owned organizations as well as business and social enterprises such as Samsung and other Korean nonprofit organizations. It offers guidance to understand human, organizational and social problems and manage changes in situations where people, organizations and societies absorb the massive varieties from uncertain, unpredictable problematic challenges.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements


Part I: Human Problems and Systems Thinking

Chapter 1. Human Problems and Systemic Innovation (pp. 3-12)

Chapter 2. Systems Thinking (pp. 13-34)

Part II: The Process of Civilization

Chapter 3. Philosophy and Theory of the Civilizing Process (pp. 37-54)

Chapter 4. Understanding the Civilization from Non-Western Culture (pp. 55-76)

Chapter 5. The Method: Time-Related Research (pp. 77-92)

Chapter 6. Recent Developments (pp. 93-102)

Part III: A Process-Oriented Systems Research

Chapter 7. Philosophy and Theory (pp. 105-126)

Chapter 8. The Method: A Process-Oriented Systems Research (pp. 127-138)

Chapter 9. Recent Developments (pp. 139-146)

Part IV: Actions

Chapter 10. Systems Approach for ‘Problem Solving’ (pp. 149-170)

Chapter 11. Systems Approach for ‘Problematization’ (pp. 171-194)

Chapter 12. Dealing with Conflict and Power (pp. 195-212)

Chapter 13. Understanding the Civilizing Process from Non-Western Perspectives (pp. 213-222)

Chapter 14. Conclusion: Towards a ‘Global Eco-Civilization’ (pp. 223-226)

References (pp. 227-244)

About the Author (245-246)

Author Index (247-250)

Subject Index (251-257)


“The concept of system has effected a deep change in the way we deal with the problems due to our world’s complexity. We have to be alert, however. The concept has to be adapted to new circumstances: Jae Eon Yu presents a powerful new approach, i.e. process-oriented systems research. His focus on the process of civilization provides an intriguing and applicable combination of the best systematic insights from different cultures.” – Gerard de Zeeuw, Professor Emeritus, Founder of International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), The University of Lincoln, UK

Keywords: Systems, Innovation, Systems approaches, a process-oriented systems research

Audience: University students, academics, researchers, development specialists, ordinary citizens

Subject areas & job functions:
Social change & innovation (e.g., social entrepreneurship and social enterprises)
Business project management & Innovation.
Systems approaches to management
Organization studies
Creative human resource development

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