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dc.contributor.authorHoughton, L
dc.contributor.authorLedington, P
dc.contributor.editorRobert L Flood
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:25:55Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:25:55Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.date.modified2010-08-06T07:22:50Z
dc.identifier.issn1094-429X
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11213-004-5790-1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/5451
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents an approach to understanding problem solving and innovation from the perspective of engagement. The approach is derived primarily from two research projects undertaken over the last 5 years. The first one into the apparent Comparison Parado in Soft Systems Methodology, and the second an 18-month research program into the social reality implied by Soft Systems Methodology. Engagement is argued to be the innovation of a framework of ideas within a social context. In this sense engagement is an extension of the nature in which humans take ideas and place them inside a social context and use this as a platform to make sense of their environment and take action in such surroundings with an eye to understanding, learning, meaning, adaptation, innovation, and interpretation of such situations. Therefore, this paper presents a conjectured model of Engagement that is argued to be useful in helping to manage social complexity and real-world problem-solving activity. The paper positions engagement as a purely theoretical approach with multidisciplinary applications for whoever would like to use it.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom497
dc.relation.ispartofpageto510
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSystemic Practice and Action Research
dc.relation.ispartofvolume17
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInformation and computing sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman society
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode41
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode46
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode44
dc.titleThe Engagement Approach to Real-World Problem Solving: Towards a coherent Soft-Systems-based theoretical platform for real-world problem solving
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of International Business and Asian Studies
gro.date.issued2004
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorHoughton, Luke


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