Outline of the Research Center
Research Center for Social Management Systems has been established to develop a new scientific field “Social Management System” to contribute to society by taking advantage of construction management and administration management know-how which has been accumulated uniquely at Kochi University of Technology. Social Management System Center at the Research Institute of KUT was established to promote a new field of Social Management Systems proposed by Kochi University of Technology which has been selected as one of the 21st century COE programs of new scientific fields by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan in 2004, and it has been reorganized into Research Center for Social Management in 2006. A new scientific field “Social Management Systems” aims for the improvement of societal structure for efficient management and supports the construction and operation of social management systems from the engineering point of view. We address a central issue of social Systems’ process and rules which incorporate efficient management systems particularly in infrastructure management field and providing services. In addition, in March 2006, “The Society for Social Management Systems” has been established for a promotion and support of research, education, social contribution, and their rapid spread by conducting internet paper compilation system and holding annual international symposium.
Kochi University of Technology (KUT) aims to become a center for “Social Management Systems Science”, a discipline which contributes to society by actively coping with social problems. We make effective use of the talented human resources, know-how and skills in construction management and administration management which have been uniquely accumulated at Kochi University of Technology. “Social Management Systems Science” is a new learning system which supports the creation, implementation and operation of management systems for society with the objective of realizing social structural reform and efficient management based on an engineering approach. Our main theme is to formulate new processes and rules for social systems (systems which run society) that incorporate efficient infrastructure management systems. We are planning to establish the “Society for Social Management Systems” by the end of FY2004, publish an online journal of freely submitted papers, and hold international and domestic workshops and symposiums every year. Thus, we aim to widen the base of “Social Management Systems Science”
Message from the Director “To create a new field that contributes to society”
Seigo NASU, Professor, Kochi University of Technology Kochi University of Technology aims to establish a new field, “Social Management Systems Science,” which aggressively copes with social problems. By providing society with management systems for social capital which are essential to the efficient and effective operation of social systems in such a low-growth time as well as through the training of construction engineers in this field, we hope to support the reform of social structure and management systems. “Social Management Systems Science” is a new learning system which examines how effective social systems are created and supports the structuring and operating of management systems for society by adopting an engineering viewpoint. We will analyze the conformity of the academic study with social demand and social environment from an engineering perspective and propose new processes and rules for social management systems. In addition, our objective is to improve social systems in connection with management, such as administration management, social capital management, and municipal management, thereby contributing to society in a proactive and effective manner.