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Socio-technical systems, integral part of an organization: Prof. Karmeshu 17-Nov-2011

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A seminar on "Nonlinear Modelling of Socio-technical Systems" was conducted as part of weekly discussions through A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) envisaged by MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) under NME-ICT (National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology) on November 17, 2011. Eminent scholar Prof. Karmeshu, Dean, School of Computer and Systems Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi chaired the session.

Prof. Karmeshu stressed that Socio-technical systems (STS) in organizational development are an approach to complex organizational work design that recognizes the interaction between people and technology in workplaces.

"Often, technological change affects the social system of an organization. STS have the potential to dispel the upsetting nature of change. STS is a key factor in fostering leadership initiatives, vision, and values."

Prof. Karmeshu, one of the standing committee members of NME-ICT, has developed mathematical models for the dynamics of social and technical systems with special emphasis on their stochastic evolution. For more details, visit his profile - http://www.jnu.ac.in/Faculty/karmeshu/

"Innovation communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system is known as Innovation Diffusion (ID). Often, ID is being studied to explain the dissemination of new ideas, rumors, news, practices and new products through a social system," he added.

He highlighted research in mathematical models is crucial in non-linear modelling.

Prof. Karmeshu said that a critical mass occurs when the diffusion process becomes self-sustaining. "When a product reaches critical mass, individuals in a system perceive that everybody else has adopted the interactive innovation. Thus the new idea becomes more valuable. When more people use that idea, the more people get benefits."

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While explaining about software piracy diffusion model, he had drawn attention to a patent violation battle between two photography giants - Polaroid v/s Kodak. After nine-year legal tug off Polaroid proved that Kodak had violated former's patents for instant photography and won the case.

Around 21 Universities including IIT Hyderabad, Central University Karnataka, Goa University, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, National Institute of Science & Technology, U. V. Patel College of Engineering, National Institute of Technology Warangal, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University and Central University of Bihar participated in the online interaction.

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