Systems Methodology for the Management Sciences

Hardcover | January 31, 1992

byMichael C. Jackson

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The author thoroughly describes and analyzes the most significant systems methodologies-`organizations as systems,' hard, soft, cybernetic, and critical-and demonstrates the complementary strengths of different systems approaches.

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Contemporary Systems Thinking is a series of texts, each of which deals comparatively and/or critically with different aspects of holistic thinking at the frontiers of the discipline. Traditionally, writings by systems thinkers have been concerned with single theme propositions such as general systems theory, cybernetics, operations re...

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The author thoroughly describes and analyzes the most significant systems methodologies-`organizations as systems,' hard, soft, cybernetic, and critical-and demonstrates the complementary strengths of different systems approaches.

Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:January 31, 1992Publisher:Springer

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ISBN - 10:0306438771

ISBN - 13:9780306438776

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Table of Contents

Overviews: The Structure of the Argument. Theoretical Considerations. Methodological Approaches: Organizations as Systems. Hard Systems Thinking. Organization Cybernetics. Soft Systems Thinking. Practical Applications: Illustrative Case Studies. Community Operational Research (COR). Future Prospects: An Argument for Complementarism. Creative Problem Solving: Total Systems Intervention. Conclusion. References. Index.

From Our Editors

Contemporary Systems Thinking is a series of texts, each of which deals comparatively and/or critically with different aspects of holistic thinking at the frontiers of the discipline. Traditionally, writings by systems thinkers have been concerned with single theme propositions such as general systems theory, cybernetics, operations research, system dynamics, soft systems methodology, and many others. Each book in this series will make a contribution by concentrating on one of these topics.