Action Research workshop at the 57th World Conference of ISS, Hai Pong City, Vietnam, 14-18 July 2013

14 Jul 2013 - 12:00am
18 Jul 2013 - 5:00pm

An Action Research SIG (Special Interest Group) will be held at the 57th World Conference of ISSS at Hai Pong City, Vietnam from 14th to 18th July 2013 at the picturesque Cat Ba biosphere which has been preserved as an environmental reserve. Dr Nam Nguyen from the University of Adelaide who is hosting the conference has been doing some phenomenal work with learning laboratories in Cat Ba. So a great place to learn, enjoy and talk about action research and action learning.

We are holding a workshop and panel session on the new SIG and you are welcome to send abstracts that focus on the link between action research and systems approaches to me directly at

The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is among the first and oldest organizations devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems, and remains perhaps the most broadly inclusive. The Society was initially conceived in 1954 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport. In collaboration with James Grier Miller, it was formally established as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1956. Originally founded as the Society for General Systems Research, the society adopted its current name in 1988 to reflect its broadening scope. The current President is Dr Alexander Laszlo who has a great interest in action research.

ISSS has expanded its scope beyond purely theoretical and technical considerations to include the practical application of systems methodologies to problem solving. Even more importantly, it has provided a forum where scholars and practitioners from across the disciplinary spectrum, representing academic, business, government, and non-profit communities, can come together to share ideas and learn from one another.

I have been involved with the ISSS since I attended their meeting in Madison Wisconsin in 2008 and never missed an annual meeting ever since as I found it to be an energising place. I found that there are many members at ISSS who have an active interest in action research and we decided to propose a new SIG at our last meeting in San Jose in 2012 and we are there now.

Join us in Vietnam in July!

Shankar Sankaran