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Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance

Our Mission

To curate the conditions for a thrivable planet by helping to identify and address leverage points for emerging a Global Eco-Civilisation.

  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    We are living in a complex and ever changing world Policy makers, managers and leaders today are expected to cope with increasing complexity, change, and diversity.

    Complex environmental, socio-economic, business-finance, infrastructure and planning and sustainability problems tend to transcend the jurisdictions and capacities of any single organisation, or profession. Managing such complexities requires stepping outside our collective 'comfort zone', developing new ways of thinking and acting in the interest of our future.

    There are a multitude of difficult, long-term global challenges ahead, almost all of which are coupled with our most pressing national concerns. It has therefore become crucial for the future managers and leaders to find new ways of thinking that are systems design-led to deal with complex problems in a systemic, integrated and collaborative fashion - that is, working together in identifying and dealing with root causes of issues rather than focusing on short-term fixes. Systems thinking offers a holistic and integrative way of appreciating all the major dimensions of a complex problem and enables the formation of effective and long-term management strategies (systemic interventions).

  • ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
    Dr Nam Nguyen
    Dr Nam Nguyen  BA., MA., PhD

    Vice President-International Society for the Systems Sciences (VP Membership and Conferences)

  • PhD Student ResearchersMeet our student researchers and enquire about joining the group
    Kwamina Banson

    Australian Development Scholarship Holder

    PhD topic: "Agribusiness incubators for sustainable development in Ghana".

    4 March 2013 – 3 March 2017

    Kwamina Banson
    Tuan M. Ha

    IPRS Scholarship Holder

    PhD topic: "Applying the Evolutionary Learning Laboratory approach for labour saving innovations for women smallholder farmers in Vietnam".

    July 2013 – July 2016

    Tuan M. Ha
    Thich Nguyen Van

    Australian Development Scholarship Holder

    PhD topic: "The role of supply chain management to increase the competitive advantages of Vietnamese coffee products: A systems thinking approach".

    4 March 2013 – 3 March 2017

    Thich Nguyen Van

    The Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance is actively seeking prospective PhD students to study with us and contribute to our understanding of this important field.

  • External CollaboratorsExplore opportunities for industry and professional collaboration

    The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.

    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the School of Education and ETC, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions


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