A General Theory of Generic Modelling and Paradigm Shifts: Part 1 – The Fundamentals

Kybernetes, Vol. 44 No. 2, 2015, pp. 283-298

16 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2015

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade

Date Written: April 26, 2015

Abstract

This is part 1 of three linked papers. Using principles that arise from Schwarz’s living systems set within a framework provided by cultural agency theory, and with a rationale provided by Rosen’s and Dubois’ concepts of anticipation, the papers develops a general modelling theory of simplex orders. It shows that with the development of new higher orders, paradigm shifts can occur that become responsible for new ways of seeing and resolving stubborn problematic issues. The research paper is composed of three parts. Part 1 establishes the fundamentals for a theory of modelling associated with cybernetic orders. Using this, part 2 establishes the principles of cybernetic orders using simplex modelling. This will include a general theory of generic modelling. Part 3 extends this, developing a fourth order simplex model, and exploring the potential for higher orders using recursive techniques through cultural agency theory.

Keywords: Anticipating behaviour, complexity, generic modelling, cybernetic orders, paradigm, cultural agency theory, recursive models

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice and Fink, Gerhard, A General Theory of Generic Modelling and Paradigm Shifts: Part 1 – The Fundamentals (April 26, 2015). Kybernetes, Vol. 44 No. 2, 2015, pp. 283-298. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2599150

Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

Gerhard Fink (Contact Author)

Dept of International Business and Trade ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1, Building D1
Wien, 1020
Austria
+43/1/313364331 (Phone)

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