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Systems intelligence is a concept developed in the fields of engineering sciences and applied philosophy. It refers to the way of thinking that spurs a person's problem solving capabilities, connecting the concepts from the engineering world to the human mind. Systems intelligence (SI) is intelligent behavior inside complex systems, often human in nature. Key concepts a person uses when acting systems intelligently are feedback and interaction. Philosophy (from the Greek words philos and sophia meaning love of wisdom) is understood in different ways historically and by different philosophers. ... Problem solving forms part of thinking. ... Many natural phenomena can be considered to be complex systems, and their study (complexity science) is highly interdisciplinary. ... Feedback is (generally) information about actions. ... Interaction is a kind of action which occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. ...

A systems intelligent person, group or an organization

  • sees the whole world around themselves be made of a complex web of interacting systems
  • engages themselves into the holistic feedback mechanism of the environment and evokes productivity and success in their task
  • sees the environment as feedback intensive, and manages to act intelligently in it
  • interacts with the environment in a way that makes minor corrections in the systems, generating huge effects due to the nonlinearity of the system


Holism (from holon, a Greek word meaning entity) is the idea that the properties of a system cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its components alone. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Origins of Systems Intelligence

The concept was formulated in the Laboratory of Systems Analysis at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, fall 2002. The authors of the first publications on SI were professors Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen. In spring 2006, numerous publications and three books have been written from this field, which by the influence of Hämäläinen and Saarinen, applies an open source spirit, or Socratic accessible-to-all-philosophy, to further the field of SI research. The original authors allow students and scholars contribute to the field in various seminars and interdisciplinary research groups to bring intuition and experience from various aspects of life. Auditorium of the main building. ... Raimo P. Hämäläinen (b. ... Esa Saarinen (born July 27, 1953 in Hyvinkää, Finland) is a Finnish philosopher who is currently on a five-year appointment as acting professor of systems sciences at the Helsinki University of Technology, teaching applied philosophy and creative problem solving. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ...

Influential work

Systems intelligence follows from the revolutionary research conducted by Peter Senge in the field of Systems Thinking. Other works strongly refferred to in the SI research are authors ranging from Howard Gardner to Herbert Simon to Marcial Losada. The following research areas have influenced and been referred to in the SI research: Peter M. Senge was the Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management and presently (2005) is on the faculty at MIT and is the founding chair of * SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning. ... Systems thinking involves the use of various techniques to study systems of many kinds. ... Howard Gardner (born 1943 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA) is a cognitive and educational psychologist based at Harvard University best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. ... Herbert Alexander Simon (June 15, 1916 – February 9, 2001) was a researcher in the fields of cognitive psychology, computer science, public administration, economics and philosophy (sometimes described as a polymath). ...

Systems theory is an interdisciplinary field which studies relationships of systems as a whole. ... Neuroanatomy is the anatomy of the nervous system. ... Positive psychology is a term coined by Abraham Maslow and adopted by psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, and a movement in psychology which emphasizes what is right with people rather than what is wrong with them. ... Cognitive psychology is the psychological science that studies cognition, the mental processes that underlie behavior, including thinking, reasoning, decision making, and to some extent motivation and emotion. ... Operations research, operational research, or simply OR, is the use of mathematical models, statistics and algorithms to aid in decision-making. ... Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics that concerns itself with the application of mathematical knowledge to other domains. ... Creative problem solving begins when knowledge and simply thinking about a problem fails. ... For heuristics in computer science, see heuristic (computer science) Heuristic is the art and science of discovery and invention. ... Many models of human behavior in the social sciences assume that humans can be reasonably approximated or described as rational entities, especially as conceived by rational choice theory. ... Originally formulated by social psychologist Kurt Lewin, action research is a disciplined method for intentional learning from experience. ...

Application areas

A lot of the tacit knowledge gathered up to SI research comes from real world applications, such as management consulting and pedagogics. Since systems intelligence is application intensive in nature, one of it's main missions is to connect the best practices of various, seemingly nonrelated fields, into one scientifically solid theory. The following fields can benefit from SI research: This article or section may contain external links added only to promote a website, product or service — otherwise known as spam. ... Pedagogy is the art or science of teaching. ...

  • plannig organizational reward and incentive systems
  • leadership of organizations and business teams
  • cultural aspects of organizational behaviour and super-productivity
  • rationality in economics
  • philosophy of life

In philosophy, the word rationality has been used to describe numerous religious and philosophical theories, especially those concerned with truth, reason, and knowledge. ...


  • Raimo Hämäläinen, Esa Saarinen (2004) Systems Intelligence - Discovering a hidden competence in human action and organizational life: Systems Analysis Laboratory Research Reports

Raimo P. Hämäläinen (b. ... Esa Saarinen (born July 27, 1953 in Hyvinkää, Finland) is a Finnish philosopher who is currently on a five-year appointment as acting professor of systems sciences at the Helsinki University of Technology, teaching applied philosophy and creative problem solving. ...

External links

  • Systems Intelligence Research Group at the Helsinki University of Technology

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