Dr. Tilia Stingl de Vasconcelos Guedes is currently lecturer at University of Applied Sciences in Austria (academia nova GmbH) in the area of Business Administration as well as Soft Skills. She is also active as autonomous Business Consultant. Dr. Stingl de Vasconcelos has a bachelor and master degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at the Vienna University of Technology, is post-graduate on Magazine Journalism (University of Vienna) and earned her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Communication Science at the University of Vienna working in the field of Knowledge Management and Organizational Communication. Dr. Stingl de Vasconcelos has also worked in the financial sector and later in management consulting. Today her research interests are in the field of organizational communication and systemic approaches.
The main purpose of this keynote is to support an open forum focused on solutions and/or ideas to contribute to a knowledge-driven society.
Searching for solutions is a profoundly human characteristic. For many of us, a problem or an obstacle is a challenge rather than an impediment. This desire to overcome barriers has brought us to where we are now: to a world full of solutions and technologies for diverse problems, but also a world which is getting more and more complex, a world in which new problems emerge daily, and in which we often lack the time needed to analyze difficult situations. In addition, social networks gave social events a lot of power. Today, almost every innovation can be judged and eventually accepted or rejected by the public before even the developers have completely understood their own inventions. Thus it seems to be crucial for every scientific field to understand how systems dynamics and social interaction work.
When new inventions make their way into the public, innumerable financial, economic, social and political problems emerge. In those cases, the great challenge we face is to find ways to communicate clearly among different research fields. Cybernetics and (social) systems theory offer us new ideas, new means to comprehend social complexity and understand interdisciplinary communication. Novel systemic approaches are showing remarkable results in breaking communicational boundaries among different disciplines and in dissipating conflicts. I highlight specific examples of their use in business contexts and provide an estimate of applicability, benefits and challenges for their implementation in organizations.