Systems Thinking Creative Holism for Managers

ISBN-10: 0470845228
ISBN-13: 9780470845226
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $74.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 378
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

In response to the growing interest in systems ideas and their application Michael J. Jackson presents this clear introduction to the origins of systems thinking, concepts and applications. Written with students in mind the book is straightforward and clear.

Preface
Introduction
Holism and Systems Practice
The Systems Language
Introduction
Philosophy
Biology
Control Engineering
Organization and Management Theory
The Physical Sciences
Why is the Systems Language so Powerful?
References
Applied Systems Thinking
Introduction
Hard Systems Thinking
The Development of Applied Systems Thinking
Problem contexts
Systems methodologies related to problem contexts
The Main Strands of Applied Systems Thinking
Conclusion
References
Creativity and Systems
Introduction
Creativity and Metaphor
Creativity and Paradigms
Conclusion
References
Systems Approaches
Improving Goal Seeking and Viability
Hard Systems Thinking
Introduction
Description of Hard Systems Thinking
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Hard Systems Thinking in Action
Critique of Hard Systems Thinking
The Value of Hard Systems Thinking to Managers
Conclusion
References
System Dynamics: The Fifth Discipline
Introduction
Description of System Dynamics
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
System Dynamics in Action
Critique of System Dynamics
The Value of System Dynamics to Managers
Conclusion
References
Organizational Cybernetics
Introduction
Description of Organizational Cybernetics
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Organizational Cybernetics in Action
Critique of Organizational Cybernetics
The Value of Organizational Cybernetics to Managers
Conclusion
References
Complexity Theory
Introduction
Description of Complexity Theory
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Complexity Theory in Action
Critique of Complexity Theory
The Value of Complexity Theory to Managers
Conclusion
References
Exploring Purposes
Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing
Introduction
Description of Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST)
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST) in Action
Critique of Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST)
The Value of Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST) to Managers
Conclusion
References
Interactive Planning
Introduction
Description of Interactive Planning
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Interactive Planning in Action
Critique of Interactive Planning
The Value of Interactive Planning to Managers
Conclusion
References
Soft Systems Methodology
Introduction
Description of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM)
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) in Action
Critique of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM)
The Value of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) to Managers
Conclusion
References
Ensuring Fairness
Critical Systems Heuristics
Introduction
Description of Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH)
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH) in Action
Critique of Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH)
The Value of Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH) to Managers
Conclusion
References
Team Syntegrity
Introduction
Description of Team Syntegrity
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Team Syntegrity in Action
Critique of Team Syntegrity
The Value of Team Syntegrity to Managers
Conclusion
References
Promoting Diversity
Postmodern Systems Thinking
Introduction
Description of Postmodern Systems Thinking
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Methodology
Methods
Recent developments
Postmodern Systems Thinking in Action
Critique of Postmodern Systems Thinking
The Value of Postmodern Systems Thinking to Managers
Conclusion
References
Creative Holism
Total Systems Intervention
Introduction
Description of Total Systems Intervention (TSI)
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Metamethodology
Methods
Recent developments
Total Systems Intervention (TSI) in Action
Critique of Total Systems Intervention (TSI)
The Value of Total Systems Intervention (TSI) to Managers
Conclusion
References
Critical Systems Practice
Introduction
Description of Critical Systems Practice (CSP)
Historical development
Philosophy and theory
Metamethodology
Methods
Recent developments
Critical Systems Practice (CSP) in Action
Critique of Critical Systems Practice (CSP)
The Value of Critical Systems Practice (CSP) to Managers
Conclusion
References
Conclusion
Index

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