Innovation in Systems Thinking: The Application of Dialectical Network Thinking in Resolving Complex Problems


Bojan Rosi
Faculty of Logistics University of Maribor, Slovenia

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS000000

Problem-solving is an important part of our lives. Dialectical Networking Thinking (DNT) is a soft-systems methodology aimed at complex problem-solving. The modern (dynamic) business is a demanding and complex process. It requires permanent learning, innovating, and adapting to the requirements of demanding customers. The latter must be able to face their challenges and change themselves accordingly, first of all by innovating their own values and knowledge, especially concerning holistic complex problem-solving in business. DNT enables us to do this. A key issue namely keeps surfacing: what is the correct way to tackle mastering and solving complex problems, in order for objectives and solutions to be high quality and sustained. In daily practices, unfortunately, one tends to underestimate the complexity of problems one faces and tries to solve them (wrongly and irresponsibly) one-sidedly.

This approach causes new problems to emerge, perhaps even more intricate ones. This problem can be avoided by using DNT, following the steps briefed above. DNT can enjoy evolution to help solve complex problems, if all preconditions are met for its application. They include, along with knowledge and motivated teams, an innovation-seeking organization and its prevailing culture. In the best-case scenario, every OBS member would accept DNT because such a capacity provides the upper hand in modern competition. On the other hand, limitation to single disciplines, lack of co-operation on an interdisciplinary basis and in teamwork will unavoidably fail in the modern innovative economy.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Introduction (pp. 1-4)

Chapter 2 – Dialectical Network Thinking as a Methodology of Holistic Systems Thinking (pp. 5-36)

Chapter 3 – Introduction of Dialectical Systems Theory (pp. 37-48)

Chapter 4 – The Remodeling of Systems Theory of Network Thinking and Dialectical Systems Theory into a New Systems Methodology: Dialectical Network Thinking(pp. 49-74)

Chapter 5 – Socially Responsible Problem Solving (pp. 75-80)

Chapter 6 – Conclusion (pp. 81-86)


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