Faculty Publications

Title

Complexity and the boundaries of human policy making

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Complexity, design, humans, interpretive rvictural modeling, it strut lure, language, problem-solving

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Journal of General Systems

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

11

Abstract

Properties characterizing complexity are woven together with research on human information processing and behaviorislic psychology to produce a theory of human limits. It is suggested lhat coupling the human and complexity, in problem solving satations, can be viewed as a design problem where an interface device is needed to link the human lo complexity, Inicrpreiive Structural Modeling is discussed as an example of such an interface device. In addition, it is proposed that a language specifically designed to help humans deal with complexity be developed. The necessary properties of such 3 language arc presented, and it is argued that Interpretive Structural Modeling already possesses some of these properties. © 1982, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1982

DOI of published version

10.1080/03081078208960796

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