Further Exploration of SSM Mode 2 in the Case of Online Distance Education

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Sulafah Basahel - Speaker

José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón - Speaker

In knowledge realms like problem structuring methods (PSM) or applied systems thinking (AST), soft systems methodology or SSM has become a popular enquiring approach that can help researchers understand and manage complex situations. More recently, increasing awareness on how researchers elaborate and present models using SSM and other methodologies has led some to argue that there needs to be more in-depth understanding of behavioural dimensions in processes of model building and dissemination (Hamalainen,
Suoma and Saarinen, 2013; Franco and Hamalainen, 2015).

This presentation and paper in progress extends understandings on the use of SSM by focusing on its mode 2 of use (Checkland and Scholes, 1990) to suggest new avenues for enquiry in relation to how introverts (Cain, 2012) would use
this mode. A case study on exploring online distance education or ODE in a higher education institution in Saudi Arabia is crafted to highlight different learning cycles and supporting conceptual models emerging from considering issues of access by an introvert researcher. The insights of the study are used to propose key learning and practice SSM mode 2 strategies which could help introvert researchers deal with complexities encountered in similar situations.
3 Sep 2019

Event (Conference)

TitleUK Operational Research Society Annual Conference
Abbrev. TitleUK Operational Research Conference
Period3/09/195/09/19
LocationUniversity of Kent
CityCanterbury
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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