The South African developmental landscape: restricted potentials or expansive, complex adaptive opportunities?

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa


 
 
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Title The South African developmental landscape: restricted potentials or expansive, complex adaptive opportunities?
 
Creator Burman, C J Mamabolo, R Aphane, A Lebese, P Delobelle, P
 
Subject Complexity Studies; Transdisciplinary studies; Management studies, Public management; Political studies; Economics; Development Studies development; complexity; path dependency; epistemological vigilance; sense- making, National Development Plan
Description This article argues that the South African developmental landscape is currently locked into an overly technical, path dependent paradigm that is unlikely to be capable of embracing the complex challenges identified by the recent National Development Plan. The article explores the internal logic of the existing path dependent, technical condition from the perspective of complexity, in the context of the Department of Science and Technology’s Fifth Grand Challenge and “continuous change”. It is argued that drawing ideas from complexity into future developmental trajectories can add value to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, but to do so will require dynamic mind-set shifts across multiple developmental scales and interfaces if new approaches to managing development that embraces complexity, rather than denies it, is to emerge.Keywords: development; complexity; path dependency; epistemological vigilance; sense-making; National Development PlanDisciplines: Complexity Studies; Transdisciplinary studies; Management studies; Public management; Political studies; Economics; Development Studies
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2013-07-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v9i1.216
 
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 9, No 1 (2013); 22 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/216/182
 
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