Symposium N. Complexity and Management: from the Concept of Innovation to Social Responsibility

Part 1

Chair: Helena Knyazeva, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Round table

Complexity is the most popular and widely circulated concept nowadays that represents the whole research field of complex systems evolution, their instability and meta-stability, transformation (integration or decay), adaptation, links with environment (enaction), cyclic development, etc. Complexity is closely connected with non-linearity, instability, evolutionary holism, emergence, innovations and innovative development, self-organized criticality and risk management. The main purpose of the round table is to discuss some key problems around complexity and innovations, such as

  • What is complexity? What are main properties of complex systems? How is the growth of complexity possible? Why are complex structures so fragile?
  • How can we define emergent properties of complex systems? What is emergence in its ontological and epistemological senses? How can we manage complexity? And how can we take control of emergence?
  • What is innovation? What are life cycles of innovations in nature, society and human life? How can we understand and therefore try to escape failures and breakups of innovative development? How to facilitate and enable breakthrough innovations? How is risk management possible?
  • How is the most recent research into complexity connected with the modern conception of embodied and enacted cognition in cognitive science?

Part 2

Chairs: Matjaz Mulej and Zdenka Zenko, Faculty of Economics and Business,
University of Maribor, Slovenia, Gerald Steiner, Institute for Systems Science, Innovation and Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Filippina Risopoulos and Elvis Kenik, Institute for Systems Science, Innovation and Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Austria, and Stuart Umpleby, School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Call for papers

The current global crisis shows that systemic, i.e. requisitely holistic, management has been lacking due to one-sided (rather than cooperative inter- and trans-disciplinary) approaches and education of decisive persons. Implementation of stakeholders (rather than shareholders) concept is still a crucial open issue in creative/innovation processes. Most inventions do not solve the crucial non-technological problems; because of that also the highly innovative countries are in trouble, because their approach to innovation has also been one-sided, i.e. reduced to technological innovation and leaving the crucial non-technological innovations aside. Additionally, the innovations are often oriented towards solving problems on a short-term and connected to the product/service profitability. For about a decade progressive companies, the United Nations, and the European Union have been trying to overcome this crucial problem by various initiatives, e.g. by launching policy documents on social responsibility as one possible solution. In November 2010 the ISO –International standardization organization – made a crucial step forward toward systemic behavior. In ISO 26000 on social responsibility the interlinking concepts are (1) interdependence and (2) a holistic approach. Crucial details remain to be elaborated. This might be (also) our task. Rare engineering schools teach innovation management, and even rarer are schools teaching non-technological innovation management, very exceptional are the ones linking innovation management with systemic thinking in their courses. What can/will you contribute?


Session 1. Global Changes and Global Challenges

  • Matjaz Mulej, Zdenka Ženko, Vojko Potocan, Anita Hrast: ISO 26000 on social responsibility supports solving the global socio-economic crisis
  • Vadim Chekletsov: Internet of Things concept for a Social Responsibility
  • Igor Perko: The business intelligence users

Session 2. General Methodological Questions of management and innovations

  • Helena Knyazeva: Innovative Complexity: Emergence, Self-Organization and Risk Management
  • José María Díaz Nafría: On the Foundations of Emergence: From pre-geometry to human life by using a generalized understanding of information
  • Maria Nesterova: Systemic Approach in the Modern Management

Session 3. Management of innovations

  • Zdenka Ženko, Matjaž Mulej: Complexity and management of inventions to innovations
  • Helmut Karl Loeckenhoff: Managing Complexity by Innovation
  • Andrej Smogavc Cestar: The importance of a management system for social responsible pre-school institutions

Session 4. Management and social responsibility in different countries)

  • Simona Šarotar Žižek, Borut Milfelner, Matjaž Mulej, Amna Potocnik: Social Responsibility in Slovenia.
  • Ineza Gagnidze, Nana Maisuradze: International Educational and Scientific Links of Georgia – the Shortest Way for Innovative Development