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Michael Cavanagh & David Lane

First we would like to thank our discussants for the thoughtfulness and detail with which they have both addressed the issues we have raised, and the issues we had left unexplored or underexplored, with 1500 words available we have been able to respond to no more than a few of the points they raised. In this response we will concentrate on the key issues raised relating to professionalism, evidence, and models of practice.

We start by briefly reminding readers of what we set out to accomplish. We were not arguing for the superiority of one approach (complexity theory) over another. Rather our purpose was to open a debate on how our increasingly complex and messy world challenges professional practice, research and the notion of a professional itself. Yes, as Lesley Kuhn points out, the world has always been complex - but we maintain the impact of this complexity on professional practice is becoming more profound due to challenges that did not exist a generation ago - the rapid growth and dissemination of knowledge, new modes of communication, and growing environmental and social system overwhelm. All this leads to significantly greater and more rapid impact of local interactions on wider systems.

Full article: Volume 7, Issue 1 pages 127 - 129


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