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Introduction qualitative system dynamics


Institute Artes Sophiae, short artesS, is a foundation and a cooperation of professionals who want to provide research and training in qualitative system dynamic thinking and working.

There are two main approaches about system dynamics, a quantitative and a qualitative approach. The first one is a so called object related quantitative approach and the second one a subjective related qualitative approach.  ArtesS wants to seek in the future a bridge between these two disciplines, for now artesS elaborates the qualitative approach, epistemological situated in the functional paradigm (a synthesis between ontological and mythical paradigm).

Developing qualitative system dynamics, short QSD, is related to the necessity that (interdisciplinary) knowledge needs to be managed and integrated. Knowledge integrators are very useful in a world with complex problems and on the other hand a lot of investigations, solutions and results. QSD is very helpful to integrate separated knowledge, knowledge areas and disciplines. In particular, by developing `conceptual archetypes´ so that the integrator can construct inter related patterns between compatible models to see and think deep insights.

The specific approach of artesS is uniquely, because all models are compatible to each other, so that you can see and think and work out rapidly the analogues relations between the different models and theories. That is very necessary, when, for example, a manager, in an organisation, used action research, a special method, developed by artesS, for practicing research on the work floor. Action research is a four step method, analogue to the empirical cycle, with four stages: open dating, axial dating, conceptual dating and functional dating. Action research, in the way of artesS, is not possible without QSD.

The most important ability of artesS is that we are working with teams from learning organisations in what we called a field, a dictogram. Working methodically in a system dynamic qualified field composition, with a precisely selected research question, shows the ability of persons to elaborate, in 16 methodical steps, unconscious knowledge to find unknown solutions. Every outcome of working in an analogous field can be verified by analogous models and iterative patterns with their underlying theories.

See for example our lecture on the university of Wageningen.

The way that you can organize compatible models in one sheet is the result of year’s research. Meanwhile you can practise qualitative system dynamics within 24 hours

ArtesS wants to publish all the theory, models and patterns on her website: www.artes-sophiae.com, open source, free to download. There is still a lot of work to do: uploading models, developing system methodical thinking, translating QSD in other languages, and so on.

An important wish of artesS is to find partners, where ever, who want to cooperate in developing QSD archetypical structures and to learn and train people to work with knowledge integration in relation to severe questions and problems in and between organisations and humans, the so called clinical paradigm, our speciality at this moment in change management. Other challenges are welcome.

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