OVERVIEW OF WG01 SESSIONS
14TH WORLD CONGRESS OF SOCIOLOGY
MONTREAL, JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 1998




Table of Sessions

  • Preface
  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4

  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
  • Session 8
  • Session 9
  • Session 10
  • Session 11
  • Session 12

  • Session 13
  • Session 14
  • Session 15
  • Session 16
  • Session 17


  • PREFACE

    For your convenience this booklet contains, first of all, the overall program for our sessions on the front and back inside covers; thus, you will not have to leaf through this booklet to find the program. Hopefully, it will not be necessary to make last-minute changes due to no-shows; but if so, these program changes will be announced on the door of our session room, and the congress bulletin board. The persons unlikely to come because of lack of a travel grant are mentioned at the end of each session, so that there will hopefully at least no "holes" in the program.

    Furthermore, a more detailed overview with the authors' names and the titles of their papers is presented, per session, on pp. iii-xii. This is followed by the abstracts of this session (pp. 1-102), in the order of presentation per session and within sessions. Each abstract mentions the full address and email address of the author; thus, in case you want a copy of the paper and cannot get hold of either the author or the paper in Montreal, you can contact him or her afterwards.

    This booklet will also be distributed, to the extent it is still available, to all those visiting our sessions from other parts of the congress. The abstracts of this session and other materials will also be available at http://www.relcom.ru:pub/misc/science/sociocybernetics/WG01

    Those interested in WG01 membership should contact the secretary for more detailed information, and fill out a membership form and questionnaire available either from him, or on the above mentioned website. Membership is free of charge for those with an email address, although the desirability of levying a membership fee will be discussed in Montreal.

    In case you have any comments or criticisms on one or more of the papers presented, even if only after the congress, please do not hesitate to contact the authors: they will surely appreciate your reactions. This goes for our members, as well as for those dropping in on our sessions.

    In case you want to contact one of the authors while in Montreal, and cannot find the person concerned easily, please leave a message on the congress bulletin board, or at the reception of the Delphi hotel, where many of our participants are staying.

    Enjoy our sessions, and do come back for more at the 15th World Congress of Sociology, Sidney, Australia in 2002!


    Amsterdam, July, 1998 Felix Geyer
    Secretary, WG01
    (geyer@siswo.uva.nl)



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    Session 1


    WG01 Session 01 Monday, July 27, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    NONEQUILIBRIUM SOCIAL SYSTEMS THEORY

    Chair: Kenneth D. Bailey, Dept. Sociology, U.C.L.A., 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. Email: kbailey@soc.ucla.edu

    1.1 Kenneth D. Bailey: Social Entropy Theory and Social Autopoiesis: Toward an Integration.
    1.2 Takatoshi Imada: The Scope of Self-Organization Theory in Sociology: Toward the Age of Anti-Control Systems.
    1.3 Michael Paetau: 'Virtual Enterprises': Networks or Social Systems?
    1.4 Michael Rempel: On the Interpenetration of Social Systems: Toward a Critical Recon-struction of Parsons and Luhmann.
    1.5 Raf Vanderstraeten: Sociocybernetics, Socialization, Education.
    1.6 Henk J. Voets: Systems Theory and Self-Organisation.
    1.7 * Nikolay S.Kravchenko: Ways of Search for Invariant of Social Systems' Evolution Forecast.
    1.8 * Anatolyi M. Shkurkin: Functional Peculiarities of Labour on Evolutional Stages of Civilization Develop-ment.
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    Session 2


    WG01 Session 02 Monday, July 27, 1998 - 16.30-18.30

    SOCIOCYBERNETICS AND HUMAN VALUES

    Chair: Bruce Buchanan, 4690 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke, Ontario M9A 1A6, Canada. Email: bbuchan@netcom.ca

    2.1 Robert Artigiani: Human Values and Social Complexity.
    2.2 Gary McIntyre Boyd: Educating Values Immanent in the Emergent Levels of Socio-cybersystemic Being.
    2.3 Martin L.W. Hall: Systems Thinking and Human Values: Towards Understanding the Chaos in Organizatons.
    2.4 Paul Maiteny and Bruce Reed: Oscillation: A Meaning and Values-centred Approach to the Sustainability of Human Systems.
    2.5 Bruce H. Buchanan: Information Requirements for a Viable World.

    Contributed paper:
    2.6 * Pyotr Ivanovich Smirnov: Wildness, Barbarism, Civilization as Ideal Types

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    Session 3

    WG01 Session 03 (Joint Session with RC33) Monday, July 27, 1998 - 20.30-22.30

    SOCIOCYBERNETIC METHODOLOGY

    Co-chairs:
    Johannes van der Zouwen
    , Dept. of Methodology, Free University, De Boelelaan 1081C, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: zouwen@scw.vu.nl
    Cor van Dijkum, Vakgroep Methodenleer en Statistiek, FSW der RUU, Heidelberglaan 1, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands. Email: c.vandijkum@fsw.ruu.nl

    3.1 Magoroh Maruyama: Causal Metatypes, Heterogenizati-on, Transcultural Individual Types and Heterogram Analysis.
    3.2 Michael P. Byron: Modeling the Global International System: Logical Consistency with Theory, Internal Self-Consistency, and Empirical Falsifiability
    3.3 Johannes van der Zouwen, Cor van Dijkum: Towards a Methodology for the Empirical Testing of Complex Social Models.
    3.4 Kaisa Vilhelmiina Littunen and Nina-Anneli Wessberg: Conceptual Model in a Complex Energy Production System - An Approach to the Question of Validity of Modelling Natural Systems.
    3.5 Iris Bálsamo Causal Law, Classical Innovation.

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    Session 4

    WG01 Session 04 Tuesday, July 28, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY

    Chair: Heinrich W. Ahlemeyer, ISYS, Diekbree 5, 48157 Muenster, Germany. Email: ISYSMS@aol.com

    4.1 Martti Siisiainen: Voluntary Associations and the Theory of Autopoietic Systems.
    4.2 Michael McElwee: Chaos Theory and Complexity as Fountainheads for Design of an Organization Theory Building Workshop.
    4.3 Carina Fiedeldey-van Dijk: The Delphi Technique as a Cybernetic Method.
    4.4 Chris Collinge: Self-organization of Society by Scale: A Spatial Reworking of Social Regulation Theory.
    4.5 Paris Arnopoulos: Sociophysics and Sociocybernetics.
    4.6 Heinrich W. Ahlemeyer: Com-plexity and Organizational Change.
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    Session 5

    WG01 Session 05 Tuesday, July 28, 1998 - 16.30-18.30

    THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL SYSTEMS

    Chair: Tom Burns, Uppsala Theory Circle, Box 821, S-751 08 Uppsala, Sweden. Email: Tom.Burns@soc.uu.se

    5.1 Tom Burns: Inauguration ceremony for Walter Buckley on the occasion of his acceptance of the WG01 honorary presidency, presentation of his new book "Society: A Complex Adaptive System. Essays in Social Theory", and short address on "Mind and Consciousness".
    5.2 Andre Fiedeldey: Complexity as Reality: A Cybernetic Analysis of Transcultural Data on Human Perceptions of Environmental Change.
    5.3 Bernd Hornung and Caro Hornung: Implications of Autopoiesis and Cognitive Mapping. For a Methodology of Comparative Cross-Cultural Research.
    5.4 * Vladimir V. Shamov: About a Physicalistic Concept of Sustainability of Geographical Systems.
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    Session 6

    WG01 Session 06 Wednesday, July 29, 1998 - 07.00-09.00

    BOARD MEETING

    In view of our very full program, the desirability of holding the board meeting before the business meeting, and assuming some board members may arrive only in the course of Monday, the board meeting will be held as an early breakfast meeting on Wednesday, July 29 at the Delta hotel. Assuming all board members will want to attend John Mingers' session, 09.00-12.00, this meeting should start at 07.00; if this is not the case, the breakfast meeting could start at the perhaps more convenient time of 08.00.
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    Session 7

    WG01 Session 07 Wednesday, July 29, 1998 - 09.00-12.00

    AUTOPOIESIS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL THEORY

    Chair: John Mingers, Senior Lecturer in Operational, Research and Systems, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, U.K. Email: orsjm@wbs.warwick.ac.uk

    7.1 Lucio Biggiero: Are Firms Autopoietic Systems?
    7.2 Colin Dougall: The Autopoiesis of Social Systems - An Outline of an Aristotelian Model.
    7.3 Yuko Fujigaki: Knowledge as an Autopoietic System: Implications for Knowledge Society.
    7.4 Lucas Introna: Social Systems, Autopoiesis, and Language.
    7.5 Akira Ishikawa: Apoptosis and Management Science.
    7.6 Rodrigo Jokisch: Some Problems with Niklas Luhmann's Theory of Social Systems, and their Possible Solution. Observations from the Point of View of the Theory of Distinctions.
    7.7 John H. Little: Autopoie-sis and Governance: Societal Steering and Control in Democratic Socie-ties.
    7.8 John Mingers: Embodied Cognition: Information, Meaning, and Communication.
    7.9 Karl-Heinz Simon: Modelling Certain Aspects of the Luhmann Complex: Expected Benefits.
    7.10 * Galin Gornev: An Autopoietic View on Creativity: Implications for Social Theory.
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    Session 8

    WG01 Session 08 Wednesday, July 29, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    WHY SOCIETY: AN AXIOLOGICAL APPROACH TO SOCIOCYBERNETICS

    Chair: Francisco Parra-Luna, Dept. Sociologia, I, Fac CC Politicas y Sociologia, Univ. Complu-tense (Somosaguas), 28223 Madrid, Spain. Email: parralun@lix.intercom.es

    8.1 Felix Tretter: Towards Increasing the Performance of a Hospital: Complex Dyna-mics of Management Tasks and a Mapping Technique.
    8.2 Dario Menanteau-Horta: Income Distribution and Social Well-being as Indicators of Social Perfor-mance.
    8.3 Antonio Sanchez Súcar: The Environmental Balance, and the Performance of Social Systems.
    8.4 Francisco Parra-Luna, 28223 Madrid, Spain): Can the Performance of Social Systems be Measured?
    8.5 J.L. Elohim (Schlossgasse 6/16, A-3512 Mautern a.d. Donau, Austria): Humanitarian Aims for Reaching Humane Results: The Indispensability of Cybernetic Learning and Acting.
    8.6 Mihajlo Nikolic: Culture as a Combination of Some Open and Closed Systems: Towards Measuring the Degree of Development.
    8.7 Yuri Mikhajlovich Pis'mak, and Pyotr Ivanovich Smirnov: Minimal List of Elementary Concepts for Modelling of Social Systems.

    Contributed papers:
    8.8 Jean-Jacques Blanc: Bioethism: A Paradigm, a Philosophy and a Methodological Systemic Approach to a Performance Evaluation of Social Systems.
    8.9 Moises Garcia-Jarra: La Función Sinergica de Internet como Sistema Autore-ferencia.
    8.10.Salvador Gomez de Arteche: Las Funciones de la Universidad: Una Aproximación Axiológica Hacia la Definición de su Eficiencia.
    8.11.Pilar Llacer-Centeno: Sociocybernetics, Communication, Social Efficacy.
    8.12.J. Luis Pinuel de Raigada: Society, Communication and Knowledge in the Construction of Identity: As a Means of Increasing the Performance of Social Systems.
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    Session 9

    WG01 Session 09 Wednesday, July 29, 1998 - 16.30-18.30

    THE SIMPLICITY OF COMPLEXITY

    Chair: Otto van Nieuwenhuijze, Govert Flinckstr. 144-II, 1072 EN Amsterdam, The Nether-lands. Email: 100517.1411@compuserve.com

    9.1 Otto Van Nieuwenhuijze: The Simplicity of Complexity.
    9.2 Arne Kjellman: Is Reality Nothing Else but a Useful Model?
    9.3 Bernard C.E. Scott: Simplifying the Complex: The Case for Cybernetics.
    9.4 Markus Schwaninger: Are Organizations Simply Too Complex To Be Understood? - The Simplicity of Complexity.
    9.5 Michael Schreiber: Complexity of Individual and Collective Judgment.
    9.6 Alexis V. Jdanko: Principles of Evolutionary Sociocybernetics: Theoretical and Methodo-logical Analysis.
    9.7 Andris Buikis: The Evolution of Humanity from an Element of Biosphere to Noosp-here through Dissipative Structures.
    9.8 John Wood and Olu Taiwo: Regulating Feelings of Uncertainty in Public Performance.

    Contributed paper:
    9.9 Helene Shulman Lorenz: Simple Connective Strategies: Autopoietic Systems and Individual and Community Healing.
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    Session 10

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    WG01 Session 10 Wednesday, July 29, 1998, 20.30-22.30

    BUSINESS MEETING

    The WG01 business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 1998, 20.30-22.30. The place of the meeting will be determined later - possibly our session room, possibly the Delta hotel - and will be announced on the door of our session room.
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    Session 11

    WG01 Session 11 Thursday, July 30, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    SOCIOECOMIC LONG-WAVES AND FUTURE SCENARIOS

    Chair: Tessaleno Devezas, Universidade de Beira Interior, 6200 Covilha, Portugal. Email: tessad@demnet2.ubi.pt

    11.1 Tessaleno Devezas: The Longwa-ve Phenomenon: Open Questions and New Insights.
    11.2 Brian J.L. Berry: Macroeconomy and Polity.
    11.3 Carlos A. Mallmann & Guillermo A. Lemarchand: A Generational Explanation of Long-Term Billow Like Dynamics of Societal Processes.
    11.4 James T. Corredine: The Aggregate Virtual Working Life Tenure - Population Dynamics Longwave Theory.
    11.5 Dmitry V. Ivanov: Macroanalysis of the Long Cycles of the State Conjuncture, and
    11.6 Tessaleno Devezas and Vladimir Kompanichenko: Global Cycle of Human Civilization: Qualitative and Quantitative Motivati-ons.
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    Session 12

    WG01 Session 12 Thursday, July 30, 1998 - 16.30-18.30

    THE USE OF SOCIO-CYBERNETIC CONCEPTS AND THEORY FOR
    ANALY-ZING COMPLEX SOCIETAL PROBLEMS


    Chair: Dorien J. DeTombe, School of Systems Engineering, Policy and Manage-ment, Delft University of Technology, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands. Email: detombe@sepa.tudelft.nl
    Cor van Dijkum (address see session 3)

    12.1 Dorien DeTombe: The Use of Sociocybernetic Concepts and Theory for Analyzing Complex Societal Problems.
    12.2 Cor van Dijkum and Niek Lam: The Complexity of Educational Systems.
    12.3 Omer Chouinard: The Use of Sociocybernetics Concepts and Theory for Analyzing Complex Societal Problems.
    12.4 Bernard C.E. Scott: The Role of Higher Education in Understanding and Achieving Sustainable Develop-ment: Lessons from Sociocybernetics.
    12.5 Michael P. Byron: Characteris-tics of Social Learning Systems.
    12.6 * Nicolae Bulz: The Decisional (Meta)equilibrium and the Sociocyberne-tics of the Operative Actions.
    12.7 * Vyacheslav Navrotsky: Basic characteristics of social systems.


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    Session 13

    WG01 Session 13 (Joint Session with RC07) Thursday, July 30, 1998 - 20.30-22.30

    SOCIOCYBERNETICS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIAL
    SCIENCES


    Co-chairs:
    - Eleonora Barbieri Masini, Via Antonio Bertoloni 23, 00197 Roma, Italy. Email: fmasini@pelagus.it
    - Felix Geyer, Netherlands Universities' Institute for Coordination of Research in Social Sciences, Plantage Muidergracht 4, 1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: geyer@siswo.uva.nl

    13.1 Felix Geyer: From Simplicity to Complexity: Adapting to the Irreversibility of Accelera-ting Change.
    13.2 Richard Lee: Imagining the Future: Constructing Social Knowledge after 'Complexity Studies'.
    13.3 Pentti Malaska: Work Development and the Late Industrial Transition.
    13.4 Vessela Misheva: On the Question of Sociology's Identity - Thucydides, the Lost Father of Sociology.
    13.5 Eleonora Barbieri Masini: Futures Studies and Sociocybernetics.
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    Session 14

    WG01 Session 14 Friday, July 31, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    CONSTRUCTING SOCIOCYBERNETIC SOCIETY - TOWARDS AN
    INTEGRATION OF SOCIETY, TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION,
    AND ECOLOGY


    Chair:
    Bernd Hornung (Institute of Medical Informatics, Marburg University, Bunsen-strasse 3, D-35037 Marburg, Germany)
    e-mail: hornung@post.med.uni-marburg.de

    14.1 Juergen Kluever: The Geometry and Dimensions of Social Systems.
    14.2 Karl-Franz Kaltenborn: Impact of the Internet on Legal Reforms and Family Systems - A Case Study of the Reform of the Children Ac in Germany.
    14.3 Guenther W. Himmelmann, Jochen Prümper, Marc Hassenzahl, Jan Schulz, Winfried Eberhardt, Gunter Brückner, and Manfred Dubrow: "A General Health Information System in the Web: What is its Impact? The German Federal Health Information System IS-GBE as a Sociocybernetic Experience"
    14.4 Angela Lopez: Local Democracy: Giving a Role to the NCITS in the Construction of Citizenship.
    14.5 Chaime Marcuello: Internet Yes, But People First: Popular Server of Electronic Information(SPIE).
    14.6 Michael McElwee: Chaos and Culture: Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions in Organizations
    14.7 Francisco Parra-Luna, 28223 Madrid, Spain): The Role of a Referenti-al Pattern of Values in the Analysis of Social Systems
    14.8 Bernd Hornung: Data Protection and New IT in Sustainable Social Systems.
    14.9 * Vladimir Degtiar: Relationships Between Ecological and Social Strategies Directed Towards a Sustainable Development.

    Contributed paper:
    14.10 Larisa A. Pautova: Postmodernistic Science and Research of Social System Stability.
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    Session 15

    WG01 Session 15 Friday, July 31, 1998 - 16.30-18.30

    FRANCOPHONE SESSION:
    LES COMPLEXITÉS DES SYSTÈMES OBSERVATEURS


    Chair: Torcuato Perez de Guzman, Cirilo Amorós 30, 46004 Valencia, Spain. Email: torcuato@uv.es

    15.1 Jacques van Bockstaele, Maria Van Bockstaele and Martine Godard-Plasman: Pour une observation de l'action in situ.
    15.2 Jean-Yves Boullet & Claude Vautier: Production de solidarité et de démocratie: enjeu d'un système complexe d'action collective organisé au sein de la décentralisation politi-co-admi-nistrative.
    15.3 Torcuato Perez de Guzman: Les Relations entre Micro- et Macrophénomènes dans les Systèmes Sociaux.
    15.4 Magoroh Maruyama: Hétérogenistique.
    15.5 * Francisco Entrena: La Structure Sociale Comme Modèle Analytique: Une Perspective Systémique.
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    Session 16

    WG01 Session 16 (Joint Session with RC36) Friday, July 31, 1998 - 20.30-22.30

    CYBERNETICS AND ALIENATION: MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE?

    Co-chairs:
    - Lauren Langman, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Loyola University of Chicago, 6525 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626, USA. E-mail: YLPSLL0-@cpua.it.luc.edu
    - Felix Geyer, Netherlands Universities' Institute for Coordination of Research in Social Sciences, Plantage Muidergracht 4, 1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: geyer@siswo.uva.nl

    16.1 Vessela Misheva: Excommunication and the Concept of Total Alienation.
    16.2 Felix Geyer: Sociocybernetics and the New Alienations.
    16.3 Lauren Langman: In Praise of Folly: Putting Humanistic Pegs in Cybernetic Holes.
    16.4 * T.R. Young: Chaos Theory, Alienation and Human Agency - Postmodern Approaches to Emancipatory Knowledge.
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    Session 17

    WG01 Session 17 Saturday, August 1, 1998 - 14.00-16.00

    DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

    Chair: Norma Romm, Center for Systems Studies, University of Hull, 63 Salmon Grove, Hull HU6 7TJ, United Kingdom. Email: N.R.Romm@msd.hull.ac.uk

    17.1 Michael G. Terpstra: The Illusion of Theoretical Purity.
    17.2 Norma Romm: Operating responsibilities in Sociocyber-netics.
    17.3 Philippos Nicolopoulos: Radical Political Organizations and the Dynamics of Change in a Complex Environ-ment.
    17.4 Elijah Sekgobela: Organising Diversity Across Cultural Contexts in Adult Education in South Africa.
    17.5 Magoroh Maruyama: Use of Individual Heterogeneity in Multicultural Management.
    17.6 Monica-Gina Durstberger: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Ethnic Diversity to Study the Impact of Affirmative Action Measures on the Organizational Communication Culture of a Transportation Company.

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