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Systems 2017, 5(1), 22;

Apithology Systems Inquiry: Evaluation from a Generativist Ontology

Centre for Humanity Learning, PO Box 167, Albert Park, Victoria 3206, Australia
Academic Editors: Shankar Sankaran, Pamela Buckle Henning, Timothy Ferris and Mary C. Edson
Received: 30 December 2016 / Revised: 18 February 2017 / Accepted: 28 February 2017 / Published: 2 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Research)
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The ontological premise of a systems research philosophy raises some unique questions about research efficacy. The study of the relations between abstract objects in bounded contexts places systems inquiry into a specific research category. Different systems research paradigms deal with the question of research evaluation distinctively. This article examines the defining criteria for the evaluation of systems research within a generativist systems ontology. Three criteria to inform the design of generativist systems research are proposed. Their use is illustrated for the generativist systems research discipline of apithology. The proposed criteria of research validity, credibility and reliability generate a fourth criterion: systems research veracity. A heuristic for discerning the results of a generativist research design prior to its commencement is provided by an apithology triptych. The benefit of this approach is to enable the design of research of relevance, significance and importance that leads naturally to apithology systems research of consequence. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems inquiry; ontology; abductive logic; generative systems; apithology systems inquiry; ontology; abductive logic; generative systems; apithology
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Varey, W. Apithology Systems Inquiry: Evaluation from a Generativist Ontology. Systems 2017, 5, 22.

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