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Cybersystemic education: enabling society for a better future

Markus Schwaninger (University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 8 May 2019

Issue publication date: 19 September 2019




This study aims to explore an exemplar of the design and application of a systemic framework for higher education. The field of application is in the social sciences and the perspective long-term, covering three generations of faculty and many generations of students.


This study is exploratory. It contains a conceptual component and an empirical component with a long-term case study from a European university.


A cybersystemic approach to higher education has been shown, at the focal university, to be a powerful amplifier of individual and institutional capabilities, and it still has great potential. The crucial prerequisite is that the approach is virtuously designed and implemented.


A case study ranging over 50 years is presented. The respective university has been a role model for other educational institutions for many years. Its influence in the German-speaking countries, and more recently also internationally, has become significant.



Schwaninger, M. (2019), "Cybersystemic education: enabling society for a better future", Kybernetes, Vol. 48 No. 7, pp. 1376-1397.



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