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Complexity of Stakeholder Interaction in Applied Research

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dc.contributor.author Ntshinga, Wonga
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-21T11:28:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-21T11:28:24Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11622/50
dc.description.abstract Applied research in complex integrated settings should be recognized as an endeavour that requires transdisciplinary and multi-sectorial stakeholder interactions. The problems faced in society are quite complex, requiring participation and knowledge from diverse aspects of society, including different disciplines (academia), communities, civil society, and government. Successful applied research relies on nurturing these key stakeholder relationships and interactions. This paper explores the key challenges of stakeholder interaction in applied research in three disciplines in the South African context, based on literature and the experience of authors in their disciplines. The three disciplines include information and communication technology for development, town and regional planning, and natural resource management. We attempt to also compare and contrast these challenges across the disciplines, to identify any commonalities and differences. After considering the mutual challenges and adaptive solutions to address these challenges in the different disciplines, we identify that all three areas in relation to stakeholder interaction appear to exhibit characteristics of complex systems, hence motivating to view applied research as a complex system. In this sense, complexity theory may provide a common language between the different disciplines examining trans-disciplinary stakeholder interaction in applied research from a shared perspective en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Applied Research en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Complexity Theory en_US
dc.subject Town Planning en_US
dc.subject Information and Communication Technology en_US
dc.subject Resource Management en_US
dc.title Complexity of Stakeholder Interaction in Applied Research en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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