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Tackling complex social challenges: The Hsue-Shen Tsien Think Tank

Huifeng Xue

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Throughout the 20th century, systems science evolved from simple theories about operational methods into a highly sophisticated discipline. In contrast to the approach of most modern scientists, who break down the world into its basic building blocks to understand how it works, systems theorists are concerned with how the blocks fit together, and why. Inspired by the theories of Hsue-Shen Tsien (also known as Xuesen Qian), founder of the Chinese school of systems engineering and one of China’s most revered systems scientists, the Hsue-Shen Think Tank’s academic team analyzes the challenges facing society using multiple approaches—including industrial and economic development forecasting—and develops theories that can spur systems innovation.

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