Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trans disciplinary Science

"Trans" is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across," "beyond" or "on the opposite side."

Complex systems science is not a science in itself, but it may be considered as a 'Science of Sciences.’ Or more precisely, are we ready to recognize a complexity science as a "trans-disciplinary Science" and apply it to understand the dynamic digital ecosystem? 

Non-linearity, adaptability, unrepeatability, unpredictability and denial of control: Evaluation is a good example of trans-disciplinary science.  Evaluation uses methods and techniques deriving from social sciences, political sciences, statistics, economy, and so on, according to the principles of scientific and empiric inquiry. To engage and function in complex environments, it requires fundamentally different mindsets and paradigms such as accepting that influence is attainable, but control is not. And to political leaders whose big programs, ambitious laws, and complicated regulatory frameworks assume that you can predict a future based on what you have today and what programs, laws and regulations will bring about. The challenge is more than technical and scientific, it is deeply cultural. 

The challenge is to move from the individual level to the system level: People can be rational. They know how to design with observability and controllability in mind. They know how to make rational decisions. They can build systems rationally. They can restructure systems rationally.  But the challenge is to move from the individual to system level. In other words, in order to enable systematic macro change.  It involves applied science (Engineering), art (Design), Cognition (Psychology), social norms (Culture) and group behavior (Sociology).

And the challenge is to develop new research methods and to lead innovative methods: It requires a lot of training and skills, also to practice methods of working in interdisciplinary research groups, and it seems that most researchers today prefer to ignore these ideas and to continue with the simple and with their familiar routines. The research could be more scientific and more sustainable when it takes into account complex system perspective. Such research approach requires a lot of training and skills, also to practice methods of working in the interdisciplinary research group, the research could be more scientific and more sustainable when it take into account complex system perspective.

 Understanding that real world development is multifaceted. You can't expect an individual to fully develop such broad-based concepts, it takes the team effort, and more importantly, team coordination. Two things will be important in the future of Complex Systems Science. First, it is gaining the knowledge necessary to understand and manage complex systems. Secondly, the most challenging one is to understanding how the people factor affects the system--and--then managing the complex system and the people of the complex system.

Overall speaking, trans or inter-disciplinary science can be applied to management with integrates multi-disciplinary methodology, it enables leaders to frame a bigger thinking boxes, and approach problems via multi-faceted way, technically, scientifically and culturally. 


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