Societal Architecture and Collaborative Decision Making
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Societal Architecture and Collaborative Decision Making

Towards a talent explosion for sustainable development

About the Book

The book has a focus on digital enablers, digital common pool resources, for the human side of the societal enterprise "big three subjects": Leadership (Humanity), Decision Making and Communication.

Key accelerators for the finishing of the book's first draft have been multiple, and include:

  • the availability of open-source modeling tools that cover various dimensions of public and private decision making,
  • the availability of Open PM2 guides on portfolio, programme, project and agile management,
  • the work done by UN/CEFACT on the EDIFACT messages (Electronic Data Exchange For Administration Commerce and Transport) and the UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology (UMM) in support of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport,
  • the presentation by John Adair of some key, yet simple decision-making frameworks including the three circles: achieving the Task, building the Team and developing the Individual,
  • advances on tax justice,
  • the digital capability principles, as applied in GAMSO,
  • the SDGs and related initiatives by the United Nations;

Consider as task the 2030 Agenda, as team the living members of mankind and as individual each one of us, but as you are reading this book, especially also you.

At first sight, decision making appears to be solely relevant to that first circle "achieving the task" at the top, whatever that may be. 

But, as Adair reminds us in his books, in the context of leadership (human) decision making (which here includes problem solving and creative thinking) by necessity involves the Team (collaboration) and Individual (skills) circles as well, and these circles are always interactive.

In the age of digital interdependence, those circles are also globally to locally connected, and the teams include a wide variety of professionals conceiving, delivering and running the digital platforms that empower the human side in any enterprise. Those digital platforms and the digital artefacts that flow through them have been created over the past decades and following a lot of analyses. 

Currently, the skills circles are plagued by a variety of divisions, including those of content versus ICT, those with access to externalized knowledge versus those without that access, rich versus poor, center versus periphery, and destructive - even state sponsored terrorism -, versus constructive attitudes.

In the #tagcoding handbook and the #xy2wiki portfolio, the focus has been on skills and platform for reducing the "digital" divide between those with access to online externalized knowledge and those lacking such access, between the centers and periphery of human development.

In recent years, I have prioritized the #tagcoding handbook and online tools, because the contradictions about access and center versus periphery are the most salient. But given the slow adoption of #tagcoding and #xy2wiki, I concluded that the separation between content and ICT also needed urgent treatment. If only to clarify the importance of #tagcoding and #xy2wiki for the 2030 Agenda.

The message of the book is this: through the use of semi-formal models and repositories in collaborative planning, communication between citizens and ICT professionals can be dramatically improved, to the extent that a talent explosion for sustainable development becomes feasible.

During the coming months there will be regular updates, and the price will likely increase to reflect the book's value. Buy your copy now to secure access to future versions and the planned extras such as the ArchiMate, UML and BPMN models from which the figures have been and will be created. These models will be in open formats or in file formats supported by tools such as Archi, Modelio and Sparx Enterprise Architect.

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Jan Goossenaerts
Jan Goossenaerts

Consultancy and facilitation on requirements-led governance and architecture of public-private service solutions, using instruments such as skill frameworks, action research, regulative cycle, enterprise architecture, decision frames in multi-stakeholder settings.

Recently launched the wikiworx platform, a platform for the catalysis and carrying of systematized content commons for inclusive and sustainable development.

Degrees in mathematics (B. Sc. (1982) and Ph.D. (1991)), computer science (M. Sc., 1985) and philosophy (Certificate, 1980), all from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Has held visiting researcher positions at The University of Tokyo, UNU International Institute of Software Technology in Macau, and Yokohama National University, and a teaching position at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) (until summer 2008).

Edited several books and published in a number of journals including Computers in Industry, Information & Management, Production Planning and Control and International Journal of e-Collaboration.

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Preface
  • Part I - Putting Societal Architecture to Work
    • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    • Chapter 2 - Towards a Talent Explosion for Sustainable Development
    • Chapter 3 - Understanding through Modeling and Simulation
  • Part II - CPIM - A Collaborative Planning and Investment Methodology
    • Chapter 4 - An asset-aware Collaborative Planning and Investment Methodology
    • Chapter 5 - The Societal Architecture for the Techno Globe
    • Chapter 6 - A Societal Architecture Repository enabling CPIM Phases
  • Part III - Models and Tools in Early Planning & Analysis
    • Chapter 7 - Models and Tools in CPIM01 - Identify and validate
    • Chapter 8 - Research & Leverage (CPIM02a)
    • Chapter 9 - Conceptual Models in Research and Leverage (CPIM02b)
  • Part IV - Societal Architecture Benefits Beyond Research & Leverage
    • Chapter 10 - Benefits in Research and Leverage - Executable Model and Experimentation
    • Chapter 11 - Benefits in Define and plan (CPIM03)
    • Chapter 12 - Invest and Execute (CPIM04)
    • Chapter 13 - Perform and Measure (CPIM05)
  • Part V - Agents and Global Portfolios
    • Chapter 14 - Agents
    • Chapter 15 - The Global Tax Portfolio
  • Part VI - Annexes
    • Annex 1 - Stakeholder Classes
    • Annex 2 - Types Non Functional Requirements
    • Annex 3 - Types of Issues in Portfolios, Programmes, Projects and Iterations
    • Annex 4 - EDIFACT Message Directory
    • Annex 5 - EDIFACT Segment Directory
    • Annex 6 - EDIFACT Composite Data Elements
    • Annex 7 - EDIFACT Data Element Directory
    • Annex 8 - Roles and Deliverables in the Open PM² Methods
    • Annex 9 - Concepts, Viewpoints and Views of the European Interoperability Reference Architecture
    • Annex 10 - UML Models for some EDIFACT Segments
    • Annex 11 - The Integration of Process and Information Modeling in Modelio 5.1
  • Part VII - References
    • About the author

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