On Purposeful Systems: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Individual and Social Behavior as a System…

Paperback | November 15, 2005

byRussell L. Ackoff, Fred EmeryIntroduction byBrent D. Ruben

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This book provides an innovative foundation for looking at human and social behavior û as a system of purposeful (teleological) events. It uses a systems theoretical approach for the study of these phenomena, and illustrates and extends general systems theory.

Part One develops the concepts of traditional mechanism from which, successively, the concepts of "function," "choice," "goal-seeking," and "purposefulness" are derived, leading to a quantitative formulation of "personality". Part Two provides an analysis of aspects of purposeful behavior and personality, and Part Three explores the interaction of purposeful systems. Part Four is concerned with the study of social groups and ideal-seeking behavior. Finally, structural concepts underpinning the theoretical system are redefined in technological terms, thus demonstrating the non-vicious circularity and interdependence of all scientific concepts.

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This book provides an innovative foundation for looking at human and social behavior û as a system of purposeful (teleological) events. It uses a systems theoretical approach for the study of these phenomena, and illustrates and extends general systems theory.Part One develops the concepts of traditional mechanism from which, successiv...

Brent D. Ruben is executive director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of many books in the areas of communication and information systems, higher education and organization development, and intercultural communication, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2005Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202307980

ISBN - 13:9780202307985

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