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Contents for Volume 15 Issue 1

Special Issue:Complexity and the Process Enneagram
Guest Editor(s):Richard N. Knowles


EDEditorial: The Process Enneagram (vii-xii)
Richard N. Knowles
PRThe Triple Enneagram (1-10)
Anthony Blake
ABSTRACTThe enneagram is both diagram and evocative image. It is based on the idea of process having internal structure. Structured process is at least threefold. The notion of a completing process involves three ‘worlds’ and includes values. Cybernetics and the ideas of feedback, double-loop learning, and participant-observers illuminate the meaning of the enneagram. Creative engineering, design and innovation do not work by formula. The inner lines of the enneagram designate ‘free intelligence’ and working from the future, not the past. The essential role of dialogue.

PROld Wisdom For A New World In Crisis? The Enneagrammatic Structure Of Integrated, Optimal And Sustainable Problem-Solving (11-32)
Cameron Richards
ABSTRACTThe concept of ‘wicked problems’ (e.g., Kolko, 2012) generally refers to problems and also organizational as well as public policy challenges which may be complex and without or resistant to simple convenient solutions. This paper outlines a framework for addressing all kinds of wicked problems which adapts the ancient wisdom of the enneagram as a basis for a theory and practice of integrated, optimal and sustainable problem-solving. In similar fashion to the insights of complexity/fractal/convergent/chaos theories of science and related models which bridge natural and

PR2008 MECS Summit: A Workshop On Complex Situations (33-54)
Beverly G. McCarter
ABSTRACTThis paper examines a unique and modified form of the Process Enneagram© that was designed to tackle the issue of examining underlying principles of Wicked Problems in an effort to see them from different perspectives and, hopefully, to gain greater insight into practical methodologies that might guide our efforts to deal with them. This modified form of the Process Enneagram© was specifically designed and used at the invitation only 2 day Managing and Engineering Complex Situations workshop conducted in 2008 and hosted at the MITRE location in McLean, VA just outside Washington, DC.

PRThe Process Enneagram: A Practitioner’s Guide To Its Use As A Facilitative Tool In The Corporate Environment (55-70)
Catherine Taylor
ABSTRACTWith today’s dynamic work environments complex problems arise more frequently. Indeed the very notion of complexity underlies so much of modern discourse on organizational behavior. But ways of capturing the fundamental idea or lens of complexity theory and turning it into a useful and pragmatic way of solving such problems are few and far between. One very useful tool to tackling these issues is The Process Enneagram. This paper explores some applications of the Process Enneagram following years of practical experience in its use, as well as highlighting both its strengths, areas for caution and learnings gained from experience with this model.

PHLuhmann Meets Weick: Information Interoperability And Situational Awareness (71-95)
Ben van Lier
ABSTRACTTechnology and technological applications are increasingly driving our perception of reality. Reality is the product of interaction between random social and technological systems and entities, and of the information exchanged and shared in that interaction. Shared meaning of new information can contribute to the creation of ‘situational awareness’ in complex situations. Does a combination of social systems theory and the theory of sensemaking contribute to the theoretical development and creation of this communication process between random systems and entities?

CPCausality And Emergence (96-112)
Dilman W. Gotshalk (with an introduction by Jeffrey Goldstein)
FMComplexity And The Unending Challenges Of Life (113-116)
Peter M. Allen
FMAdjacent Opportunities: Creating Good Change (117-119)
Ron Schultz
BRA Review Of Theodore Taptiklis’s Unmanaging: Opening Up The Organization To Its Own Unspoken Knowledge (120-123)
Ken Baskin