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Max H. Boisot, Ian C. MacMillan, and Kyeong Seok Han

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.001.0001

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(p.214) 7 Conclusion
Explorations in Information Space

Max H. Boisot (Contributor Webpage)

Ian C. MacMillan (Contributor Webpage)

Kyeong Seok Han

Oxford University Press

The conceptual framework that this book gradually develops across the various chapters — I-Space — has been used on numerous occasions as conceptual aids both in research and in consulting interventions. It has proven its worth as a sensemaking device in complex situations. But does it have any predictive value? At present, it helps to understand rather than predict. To develop a capacity to predict, the framework would have to be further researched. This chapter therefore first briefly recapitulates the key points presented in the book's previous chapters, and then looks ahead at the kind of research agenda that these points imply. It then identifies several possible avenues of research, from mapping knowledge, cultural and institutional structures, and learning processes to further developing the agent-based simulation model that implements the main provisions of the theorizing underpinning the framework. The research agenda keeps growing. To engage with it, the I-Space Institute whose mission is to carry out I-Space-related research and consulting, has been founded.

Keywords:   sensemaking, research, knowledge-mapping, culture-mapping, learning, agent-based modeling

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