Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 377–395

Collaborative Capability Design: Redundancy of Potentialities

  • John W. Selsky
  • Rafael Ramírez
  • Oğuz N. Babüroğlu
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11213-012-9257-5

Cite this article as:
Selsky, J.W., Ramírez, R. & Babüroğlu, O.N. Syst Pract Action Res (2013) 26: 377. doi:10.1007/s11213-012-9257-5


In this study we extend the socio-ecological concept of two contrasting design principles applicable to all work systems. Reframing those design principles as strategic as well as operational choices leads us to propose a third design principle, Design Principle 3 (DP3), which has remained undeveloped in social ecology. We call this design principle Redundancy of Potentialities and demonstrate its application in transorganizational work systems. We argue that DP3 is at the core of socio-ecological practice and is therefore appropriate for coping with the highly turbulent environments now experienced in many industries and fields. We offer several illustrations of DP3 in practice and draw implications for enhancing capabilities for creative collaboration in inter-organizational fields through deliberate attention to design.


Design principle Social ecology Trans-organization İnter-organizational field Capabilities 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Selsky
    • 1
  • Rafael Ramírez
    • 2
  • Oğuz N. Babüroğlu
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Business, University of South FloridaLakelandUSA
  2. 2.Oxford UniversityOxfordUK
  3. 3.Sabanci UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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