School of Advanced Multidisciplinary Studies
It is curious to us why there is still so much underdevelopment in some parts of the world like Sub-Sahara Africa, despite the teeming numbers of academics and professionals produced by higher educational institutions. This school brings together leading experts in related fields listed below, to address complex challenging research and practical problems requiring such multifaceted knowledge work. It mimics world-beating entities like the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies, but goes beyond theory to produce working models and prototypes for resolving such challenges.
This enables ICRED to develop as a university of ideas and best practices, which unites communities of academic, professional, diplomatic, government, international development experts, and other specialists across the globe, with a focus on rapid socio-economic development of concerned stakeholders, countries and the world.
Business and FinanceSee related notes in the Schools of Global Economics and Capital Management, and Global Business. Additional perspectives include:
Social sciences and HumanitiesThis programme covers research and practice in the social sciences and humanities fields e.g. sociology, economics, political science, development studies, etc. The emphasis, however, is on interfacing these disciplines within problem contexts to produce new knowledge and new practices that impact the world significantly. Hence, we take interest in such topics as:
It is interesting to be able to combine insights from appropriate disciplines in our quest to map the unfurling of future events and strategic issues facing the world.
Examples are world economic development, global climate change initiatives, and changes in world demographics e.g. increasing longevity of older population segments in the developed world, and their implications for pensions and care of the elderly, among others.
Related to these future studies is the increasing complexity of factors and policy environments affecting control of complex systems. An instance of this is the complexity of new financial products and its affect on global financial crises.
But complexity has two faces – organizational complexity and complexity science – with the latter linked to mathematical sciences, critical mass ideas, cascades and avalanches in chaotic systems.
We can say that organizational complexity is an interpretation of theoretical results in complexity science around organizational experiences.
We take both perspectives into play and seek to leverage the combined knowledge in organizational performance or the performance of closed or open systems with complex interactions.