Systems Analysis Laboratory, Aalto University
Raimo P. Hämäläinen, professor
Esa Saarinen, professor
Systems Intelligence (SI) is a concept introduced in 2004 by the principal investigators. The research group develops the conceptual basis of this competence and studies its different forms and manifestations in personal and organizational contexts. We seek to distribute knowledge and stimulate interest in Systems Intelligence in different fields including management practices, learning organizations, education, human relationships, etc.
By Systems Intelligence we mean intelligent behaviour in the context of complex systems involving interaction and feedback. A subject acting with systems intelligence engages successfully and productively with the holistic feedback mechanisms of her environment. She perceives herself as part of the whole, the influence of the whole upon herself as well as her own influence upon the whole. Observing her own interdependency with the feedback-intensive environment, she is able to act intelligently.
We have also developed a test for self-evaluation. You can take the SI self evaluation here. If you want to use the SI self evaluation in your own projects, you can find related material and instructions here.
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Original introduction of the concept of Systems Intelligence:
» Systems Intelligence: Connecting Engineering Thinking with Human Sensitivity, Esa Saarinen and Raimo P. Hämäläinen 2004. In Systems Intelligence - Discovering a Hidden Competence in Human Action and Organizational Life, Helsinki University of Technology, Systems Analysis Laboratory, Research Reports A88, p 9-37.
» Systems Intelligence Inventory, J. Törmänen, R.P. Hämäläinen and E. Saarinen 2016. The Learning Organization, vol 23, issue 4, pp. 218-231. (Slides)
» On the Systems Intelligence of a Learning Organization: Introducing a New Measure, J. Törmänen, R.P. Hämäläinen and E. Saarinen (2021), Human Resource Development Quarterly, vol 33, issue 3 (Open Access)
» Perceived systems intelligence and performance in organizations, J. Törmänen, R.P. Hämäläinen and E. Saarinen (2021), The Learning Organization, vol 29, issue 2 (Open Access)
» Systems Intelligence - A Core Competence for Next Generation Engineers?, R.P. Hämäläinen, E. Saarinen and J. Törmänen (2018), Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering (TALE), pp. 641-644 (View at publisher) (Slides)
» Being Better Better - Living with Systems Intelligence,
Raimo P. Hämäläinen, Rachel Jones and Esa Saarinen 2014.
Aalto University Publications, CROSSOVER 4/2014.
More information about the book can be found here.
» Modeling Systems of Holding Back as Hypergames and Its Connection with Systems Intelligence, Yasuo Sasaki, Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen 2015. In Systems Research and Behavioral Science Vol. 32, Issue 6, p 593-602
» Life-Philosophical Lecturing as a Systems-Intelligent Technology of the Self, Esa Saarinen 2015. In Journal of Philosophical Research
» Inducing Mindfulness Through Life-Philosophical Lecturing, Esa Saarinen and Tuuli Lehti 2014. In The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, p 1105-1131.
» On the importance of behavioral operations research: The case of understanding and communicating about dynamic systems, Raimo P. Hämäläinen, Jukka Luoma and Esa Saarinen 2013. In European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 228, Issue 3, p 623-634.
» Esa Saarinen and Systems Intelligence, Rachel Jones and Raimo P. Hämäläinen 2013. In Elämän filosofi, p 163-171.
» Elämän filosofi, Frank Martela, Lauri Järvilehto, Peter Kenttä & Jaakko Korhonen (eds.) 2013.
» The Systems Metaphor in Therapy Discourse: Introducing Systems Intelligence, Frank Martela and Esa Saarinen 2013. In Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23, p 79-100.
» Acting with systems intelligence: Integrating complex responsive processes with the systems perspective, Jukka Luoma, Raimo P. Hämäläinen, and Esa Saarinen 2011. In The Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62, p 3-11
» Stages and Dimensions of Systems Intelligence, Rachel Jones and Jim Corner 2012. In Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 29, p 30-45.
» The Originality of Systems Intelligence, Esa Saarinen and Raimo P. Hämäläinen 2010. In Essays on Systems Intelligence, p 9-26.
» Philosophy for Managers: Reflections of a Practitioner, Esa Saarinen 2008. In Philosophy of Management, Vol. 7, Supplement 2008 (Reprinted in Systems Intelligence - A New Lens on Human Engagement and Action, 2008)
» Systems intelligence - the way forward? A note on Ackoff's 'why few organizations adopt systems thinking', Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen 2008. In Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Volume 25, Issue 6, p 821-825.
» Perspectives on team dynamics: Meta learning and systems intelligence, Jukka Luoma, Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen 2008. In Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Volume 25, Issue 6, p 757-767.
» Philosophy in the 21st Century: Socratic Philosophy That Matters and Engages With People, Esa Saarinen 2008. International Academy of Philosophy, News and Views, no. 20.
» Systems Intelligent Leadership, Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen 2007. In Systems Intelligence in Leadership and Everyday Life, p 3-38.
» The Way Forward with Systems Intelligence, Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen 2007. In Systems Intelligence in Leadership and Everyday Life, p 295-305.
» Systems Intelligence: Connecting Engineering Thinking with Human Sensitivity, Esa Saarinen and Raimo P. Hämäläinen 2004. In Systems Intelligence, p 9-37.
Key publications:» Systems Intelligence – Measurement and Modelling, J. Törmänen 2021. Doctoral Dissertation, Aalto University. (Full electronic version)
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