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TB871: Block 1 People stream references

Note: this is a post reflecting on one of the modules of my MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. You can see all of the related posts in this category

A quick post to share the books, articles, and other material referenced in the Block 1 People stream that I might want to come explore at some point in the future (Open University, 2020)

Ackoff, R. L. (1974) Redesigning the future: a systems approach to societal problems. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Allana, G. (1969) Pakistan movement: historical documents, Karachi: Department of International Relations, University of Karachi, pp. 140–151.

Bateson, G. (1972) Steps to an ecology of mind. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Barabási, A.-L. (2003) Linked: how everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business and everyday life. New York: Plume.

Barrett, C., Cosmides, L. and Tooby, J. (2007) ‘The hominid entry into the cognitive niche’, in Gangestad, S.W. and Simpson, J.A. (eds.) The evolution of mind fundamental questions and controversies. London: The Guildford Press.

Bertolotti, T. and Magnani, L. (2017) ‘Theoretical considerations on cognitive niche construction’, Synthese, 194, pp. 4757–4779.

BBC (2019) ‘Her Story Made History’, BBC Radio 4, 8 August. Available at: (Accessed: 5 March 2020).

Carroll, L. (1894) Sylvie and Bruno concluded. New York: Macmillan and Co. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Chester, L. (2000) ‘Parting of the ways’, History Today, 50(3), p. 42.

Chester, L. (2009) Borders and conflict in South Asia: the Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the partition of Punjab. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Chatterji, J. (1999) ‘The fashioning of a frontier: the Radcliffe Line and Bengal’s border bandscape, 1947-52’, Modern Asian Studies, 33(1), pp. 185–242.

Chawla, M.I. (2018) ‘The Radcliffe Award of August 1947: a reappraisal with a focus on role of Viceroy Mountbatten in its deliberation and implementation’, FWU Journal of Social Sciences, Part 11, 12(1), pp. 172–9.

Clark, A. (2008) Supersizing the mind: Embodiment, action, and cognitive extension. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

CNN (2019) ‘Donald Trump speaks to the press before Marine One departure’ [transcript], May 14. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Deecke, L. (2014) ‘Experiments into readiness for action: 50th anniversary of the bereitschaftspotential’, World Neurology 29(3). Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Diamond, J, (2005) Collapse: how societies choose to fail or survive. London: Allen Lane.

DoD (2002) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) News briefing – Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers, February 12 [transcript]. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Gardner, M. (1970) ‘The fantastic combinations of John Conway’s new solitaire game “Life”’, Scientific American, 223 (October), pp. 120–123. Also available at: (Accessed 3 January 2020).

Harari, Y. N. (2015) Sapiens: a brief history of humankind. New York: Harper.

Heron, J. and Reason, P. (2008) ‘Extending epistemology within a co-operative inquiry’ in Reason, P. and Bradbury. H. (eds.) Handbook of action research. 2nd edn. London: Sage Publications.

Keestra, M. (2017) ‘Metacognition and refection by interdisciplinary experts: insights from cognitive science and philosophy’, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 35, pp. 121–169.

Kehl, D., Guo, P., and Kessler, S. (2017) Algorithms in the criminal justice system: assessing the use of risk assessments in sentencing, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School: Responsive Communities Initiative.

Korzybski, A. (1933) Science and sanity. An introduction to non-Aristotelian systems and general semantics. Lakeville CT: The International Non-Aristotelian Library Pub. Co. pp. 747–61. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Kuhn, T. (1962) The structure of scientific revolutions, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Kyung Lee, M., Kusbit, D., Metsky, E., Dabbish, L. A. (2015) ‘Working with machines: the impact of algorithmic and data-driven management on human workers’, CHI ’15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Levin, K., Cashore, B., Bernstein, S. and Auld, G. (2012) ‘Overcoming the tragedy of super wicked problems: constraining our future selves to ameliorate global climate change’. Policy Sciences 45(2), pp. 123–152.

New Indian Express (2018) ‘A leader who doesn’t take timely U-turns is not a real leader: Pakistan PM Imran Khan’, 16 November. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Partington, M. (2012) If you sit very still. Bristol: Vala Publishing Cooperative.

Reynolds, M., Shah, R., Wedlock, E. Ison, R. and Blackmore, C. (2016) Enhancing Systems Thinking in Practice at the Workplace: eSTEeM final report. Milton Keynes: The OU Centre for STEM Pedagogy.

Rittel, H. and Webber, M. (1973) ‘Dilemmas in a general theory of planning’, Policy Sciences, 4, Amsterdam: Elsevier Scientific Publishing, pp. 155–159.

Rovelli, C. (2018) The order of time. Allen Lane.

Schön, D. A. (1987) Educating the reflective practitioner. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Shotter, J. and Cunliffe, A. (2003) ‘Managers as practical authors: everyday conversations for action’, in Holman, D.and Thorpe, R. (eds.) Management and language. London: Sage.

Silliman, B. R. and Angelini, C. (2012) ‘Trophic cascades across diverse plant ecosystems’, Nature Education Knowledge, 3(10) p. 44.

Simon, H. (1973) ‘The structure of ill-structured problems’, Artificial Intelligence, 4, pp. 181–201.

Strauch, R. E. (1975) ‘Squishy problems and quantitative methods’, Policy Sciences, 6, pp. 175–184.

Taleb, N. N. (2007) The black swan: the impact of the highly improbable, New York: Random House.

Tetlock, P. E. (2005) Expert political judgment: how good is it? How can we know?, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Thatcher, M. (1980) Speech to Conservative Party Conference, Brighton, 10 October. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Velmans, M. (2014) ‘Conscious agency and the preconscious/unconscious self’ in Menon, S., Sinha, A. and Sreekantan, B. V. (eds.) Interdisciplinary perspectives on consciousness and the self. Available at: (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

von Foerster, H. (1971) ‘Responsibilities of competence’, Journal of Cybernetics, 2(2), pp. 1–6.

Walsh, M. (2019) ‘When algorithms make managers worse’ Harvard Business Review. Available at: (Accessed date: 8 May 2019).

Weick, K. E. (1993) ‘Organizational redesign as improvisation’, in Huber, G.P. and Glick, W.H. (eds.) Organizational change and redesign: ideas and insights for improving performance, 346, p.379. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Weick, K (2000) Making sense of the organization. Oxford: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Werner, K. (2018) ‘Enactment and construction of the cognitive niche: toward an ontology of the mind-world connection’, Synthese, pp. 1–29. doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-1756-1 (Accessed date: 1 September 2019).

Whiten, A. and Erdal, D. (2012) ‘The human socio-cognitive niche and its evolutionary origins’, Philosophical Transactions of Royal. Society B biological Sciences, 367(1599) pp. 2119–2129.


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