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Transdisciplinary Problem Solving

A guide to transdisciplinary problem solving resources available from the ANU Library

Change (change-oriented)

A key aspect of transdisciplinary problem solving is being change-oriented (see ANU Framework for Transdisciplinary Problem Solving), therefore having an appreciation of both how to make change happen and how to resist change is a key component of achieving the ANU graduate attribute Capability to Employ Discipline-based Knowledge in Transdisciplinary Problem Solving.


Change is a vast topic that is spread over multiple disciplines and can itself be considered to be transdisciplinary as understanding change is informed not only by academic insights, but also by a wide range of practical experience. For example, psychology and education provide insights into individual change; sociology, demography, economics and anthropology into social change; business and management into organisational change, and evolutionary biology into biological change. Practical lessons on achieving, and also on blocking, change can be learnt from politicians, advertisers, the intelligence community, organisational leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, materials conservators and artist-advocates. All of these provide both theoretical and practical insights on change. 

This library guide has no main topic, but instead covers the following subtopics: 

  • multiple perspectives on change 
  • individual change 
  • social change 
  • organisational change 
  • systems change 
  • biological and environmental change 
  • innovation (including design science) 
  • government policy change 
  • resisting change 
  • theoretical perspectives
  • techniques for achieving and/or resisting change 
  • case studies.

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