1. Interrelations Among Science, Politics, Aesthetics, Business Management, and Economics.- 2. Hyperinflation, Culture, and Morphogenetic Economics in Argentina.- 3. The Role of Engineers in Japanese Industry and Education: An Industrial Sociologist's View.- 4. Thinking in Networks to Avoid Pitfalls of Managerial Thinking.- 5. Crossing Intellectual Boundaries: Biology and Politics, Problems and Lessons.- 6. The Concept of System and the Paradigm of Complexity.- Author Index.
An original view of interdisciplinary thinking and its applications is given in this book. It aims to help the reader develop a contextual way to understand and act in complex situations. The book is based on a G-type principle: heterogenetic, interactive and pattern-generating. Each chapter is not only interdisciplinary, but also contextual and relational. They correspond to each of the six ways of cultivating contextual understanding. Five of the chapters give concrete examples; three of them center on examples from business management. This is because business management has become a frontier of complexity requiring contextual thinking; it is useful epistemologically to those in the humanities, social and natural sciences. The sixth chapter theoretically summarizes all the concrete examples.
A theory for thinking in context is given in this book. This is becoming increasingly important in our complex society with its trend toward interdisciplinary cooperation. The application of this theory is shown with examples from business management and other fields.