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Business Information Systems

Process Modeling in Complex Social Environments

Igor Hawryszkiewycz, UTS

13th Oct 2011  10:30 am - Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Abstract The seminar will argue for an open process modeling approach in today's complex environments, where there is the need to continually adapt to change. The paper proposes that one way to manage complexity is to define concepts to naturally express the different relationships in complex environments and the impact of change to one relationship on others. The seminar will describe an open modeling initiative that provides a system to create such concepts and the metamodels based on concepts. It will outline a set of concepts and metamodels for modeling wicked systems and illustrates with application to policy creation in wicked systems. The concepts focus on integration of social and structured processes and defining role responsibilities in managing change.


Bio Prof. Igor Hawryszkiewycz is Head of the School of Systems, Management and Leadership at UTS, where he is responsible for teaching and research in the School. He completed a BE and ME degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, and a PhD degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research reported in over 200 publications and 5 text books emphasizes design issues and over time has covered design databases and information systems, and recently on the design of collaborative systems with emphasis on integration of collaboration into business processes and on providing services for complex adaptive systems now needed in today's dynamic environment. The seminar uses methods in the author's recent book published by Palgrave Macmillan in Basignstoke UK on "Knowledge Management: Organizing Knowledge Based Enterprises".