Author R. Whitaker
Randall Whitaker is a senior human factors analyst in the defense sector, currently specializing in cognitive work analysis and work-centered design (of which he is a co-originator). His academic path proceeded from studies in anthropology and psychology, through computer science and cognitive psychology, to a Ph.D in informatics (1992; Umeå Universitet). His dissertation applied Maturana and Varela’s work to group decision support systems. Since then, he has continued to research their work and to promote their theories as creator and manager of “The Observer Web” at

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Whitaker R. (1993) Interactional models for collective support systems: An application of autopoietic theory. In: Glanville R. & de Zeeuw G. (eds.) Interactive interfaces and human networks. Thesis Publishers, Amsterdam: 119–135.
Whitaker R. (1996) Managing context in enterprise knowledge processes. European Management Journal 14(4): 399–406.
Whitaker R. (2004) Thanks for the Magic, Humberto. Cybernetics & Human Knowing 11(4): 93–97. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2007) Applying phenomenology and hermeneutics in IS design: A report on field experiences. Informing Science 10: 63–96. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2007) Informing design praxis via 2nd‐order cybernetics. Kybernetes 36(9/10): 1558–1569. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2011) The Constructivist Foundations Bibliography: Humberto Maturana. Constructivist Foundations 6(3): 393–406. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2012) Luhmann’s Legacy: Illuminating Constructivism, or Ill-Luhmann-ized Constructs?. Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 32-34. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2022) Author’s Response: In the Wake of “In Maturana’s Wake”. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 147–151. Fulltext at
Whitaker R. (2022) In Maturana’s Wake: The Biology of Cognition’s Legacy and its Prospects. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 119–131. Fulltext at
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