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Tuesday, July 11 • 14:00 - 15:30
3216 Competencies in Systems Work

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This workshop, hosted by IFSR (international Federation for Systems Research), will explore commonalities and differences of approach to professionalization of ‘the Systems person’ and thus where the identification of systems competencies are needed. Discussions will include how we can establish international foundations on which to continue to build professionalization efforts. As organizations consider the inclusion of systems approaches and perspectives into their work, there is a need to identify the types of skills and knowledge which systems professionals possess. In recent conversations the terms systemic sensibility, systems literacy and systems thinking in practice capability have been used by some. A number of related high-profile projects have been, and are currently, underway, which include:

1. Efforts by INCOSE, with ISSS members, to include systems principles in the Systems Engineering Book of Knowledge (SEBoK)

2. Preparation of competency frameworks for the systems engineer by INCOSE as well as INCOSE (UK)

3. Development of a competency framework to assist with mentoring its members by SCiO (Systems & Cybernetics in Organisations)

4. UK initiative to create a Level 7 (Master’s Degree) apprenticeship, in Systems Engineering in which Systems Thinking is a key component of the standard; this is related initially to the defense industry – but will be more broadly based in future

5. An initiative championed by the Open University (UK) to create a trailblazer employer committee to formulate a level 7 apprenticeship standard relating to the Systems Thinking Practitioner

6. Action research led by systems academics at the Open University with national and international stakeholders to create a competency framework for the Systems thinking in Practice (STiP) professional;

7. An OECD initiative related to public sector innovation and the need for Systems Thinking 8. Multiple efforts to secure funding through the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, in the US

These, of course, are in addition to the many, many projects undertaken by individual practitioners and consultants in organizations, institutions, and communities around the world.

This workshop, hosted by IFSR, will provide a time for very brief presentations of examples where the identification of systems competencies are needed. It will primarily focus on discussions about ways in which we can establish international foundations on which to continue to build. We invite you to join us at ISSS2017 in Vienna.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
4th Floor, Room SR 384, Institut für Computertechnik,TU Wien Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien, Austria

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