Workshop : Professional Systemics

Main Contact Person: Prof. Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos, assinik(at)unipi.gr

People in charge:
Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos
Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 80, Karaoli & Dimitriou St., GR-18534, Piraeus, Greece

Dimitrios S. Varsos, dvarsos(at)msi.gr
Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 80, Karaoli & Dimitriou St., GR-18534, Piraeus, Greece. MSI Hellas Consulting Group, Irakleous 2, GR-11743 Athens, Greece.

Theme:
The world economy has entered a new paradigm. Financial markets, economic institutions, and public & private organizations operate in a multifaceted environment with obscure boundaries. Developments in one sector of the economy have profound implications in what seem to be unrelated fields, clear across the globe. Yet most modern organizations continue to rely on simplification rather than holistic treatment of complexity. They tend to embrace a single perspective and direct attention to the symptoms rather than the underlying processes which are responsible for the manifestation of the symptoms in the first place. Synthetic treatment of accumulated knowledge provides an understanding of the processes which are responsible for emerging behaviors that are difficult to address with traditional analytical thinking: reducing the whole into its constituent parts; understanding each part separately; and aggregating understanding of the parts, into an understanding of the whole.

Professional Systemics serves as the platform on which the modern organization or business can integrate a systems approach into its management paradigm and the means through which to balance short-term objectives with long term benefits, reinforcing the organization’s viability.

The vast majority of organizations are designed and managed through analytical methods in the context of a reductionist approach. Given the dynamic complexity of today’s business environment, application of the reductionist method typically results in the loss of the essential properties of both the system managed as well as its constituent elements. Hence, decisions lack cohesion, and policy-makers, the ability to consistently align activities to effectively achieve long-term strategic objectives.

Understanding the relationships between the various elements comprising our modern world yields an appreciation for the importance of framing convoluted conditions which lack a clear problem definition, in a manner that accommodates for the pluralistic differences of the participants’ prevailing perceptions. Systemic treatment of today’s challenges is not only necessary in addressing these challenges, but a prerequisite for a viable future.

Professional Systemics is the practical application of systems thinking into everyday situations. It is a means through which to manage complexity in a manner which has achievable, measurable, and realistic. Professional Systemics is a disciplined approach, which rests on three main elements: Education, Empowerment and Experience. In this context, Education can be expressed as the formal instruction
given to the practitioner designed to develop the skills and techniques of systemic methodologies and specialized subjects, which are important to cultivate the power of reasoning and judgment required for a particular job or activity. Empowerment can be expressed as the result of human resource development and training. Human resource development is the framework for encouraging the practitioner to develop a sentimental mentality and the core competencies which are important in applying the theoretical knowledge required for a particular job or activity. Training is the structured hands-on application of theoretical knowledge aimed at improving the practitioner’s performance, which is instrumental in attaining a required level of competence or skill. Finally, experience, is gained through the continued execution of the job or activity embracing a systems approach, which elevates the educated, empowered individual from being a practitioner to becoming a master of his trait.

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