Critical Issues in Systems Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Systems science is a trans-discipline which promotes critical and effective intervention in complex organizational and social problem situations. The proceedings of the July 1995 conference comprise plenary papers, student papers, and topical sessions devoted to systems methodology and practice, information systems theory and practice, critical issues in information management, critical systems thinking, critical issues in business systems, medical information and health care systems, educational systems, and community and environmental systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306451003
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/30/1995
  • Series: Language of Science Series
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Systems Theory and Management Thinking 1
2 Total Systems Intervention: Critical Success Factors for a Systems-Based Problem-Solving System 15
3 The Will to Systems: From Making Sense to Enframing 25
4 The Holographic Organization: An Introduction to a Values-Based Relational System for the Future (VBRS) 35
5 Why Is Systemic Thinking "Difficult to Sell"? 45
6 Interactive Management: Framework, Practice, and Complexity 51
7 What Is This Thing Called CRITICAL Systems Thinking? 61
8 Does 'Information Systems' Need Systems? 73
9 Demands Imposed on Systems Science by Complexity 81
10 Application of Multicriteria Analysis to Ranking and Evaluation of Water Development Projects: The Case of Jordan 89
11 Have You Been Talking to Yourself, Rene? 95
12 The Ambiguities in our Understanding of Participation and the Implications of This for Methodology 101
13 A Soft Systems Approach to Integrating Information Systems Planning and Development 109
14 A Systems Study of the Scope and Significance of Information Systems in the Management of the Colombian Coffee Industry 115
15 The Critical Systems Thinking (CST) as a Path for Acknowledging Human Dignity in the Organizations 121
16 The Management of Change in Prisons: Toward a Process of Postmodern Systems Thinking 125
17 Merging the World Views of Systems Science and Human Values: The Organizational Perspective 131
18 Communication in Decision Support: Prospects and Limitations 137
19 Information System Development: Selection of Development Methodologies 143
20 A Knowledge-Based System for the Synthesis of Parts in a Design Product: The Wind 149
21 Stability Indicators: A Tool for Organizational Planning and Control in Carbocol 159
22 The Case for Critical Creativity in TSI: A Necessity, a Practical Possibility, or a Contradiction of Terms? 165
23 A Theoretical Framework for the Development of a Social Accounting System 173
24 Exploring the Notion of Change in Business and Organizational Systems 179
25 The Philosophical Foundations of CRITICAL Systems Thinking: Beyond Habermas, toward Foucault 187
26 Operationalizing TSI: The Critical Review Mode 193
27 Learning to Love and Leave Ackoff: Does Interactive Planning Succeed within the Bounds of "Complexity"? 201
28 A Framework for Analyzing SSM-Based Studies 207
29 System(s) Engineering: Organization versus Practice 215
30 A System Engineering Framework and Its Evaluation 221
31 Systems for Philosophy 227
32 Memorization Processes in Hierarchical Organizations: A Systems Perspective versus the Bureaucracy Pattern 233
33 The Resource-Based Theory of the Growth of the Firm: A Systems Perspective 239
34 Structuration and Enacted Social Systems 245
35 Soft Systems Methodology: Modes of Practice 251
36 Systemics Applied to the Study of Organizational Fields: Developing a Systemic Research Strategy for Research in Organizational Fields 259
37 Teleology and the End of Systems Thinking 265
38 Social Autopoiesis: A Quantitative Approach 269
39 New Developments in the Use of Systems Thinking in the Analysis of Failures 277
40 Theories that Create Coherence in Practice and Other Stories 283
41 Metaphor and the Gap between Theory and Practice 287
42 Soft Systems Analysis and Modeling Tool (SSAMT): Computer-Based Support for Conducting Soft Systems Studies 291
43 Uniting Systems Theory with Practice 297
44 A Method for Entity Identification 303
45 'The Eternal Triangle': Conception and Misconception of Systems Hierarchy in the Application of Information Systems 309
46 Information Use in the 'New' Organization: The Organic Metaphor and its Implications 315
47 Interpretative Data Models and Relational Database Schema: Toward Some First-Cut Rules for Translation 323
48 A Framework for the Design and Implementation of Distributed Information Systems 329
49 Information Systems: Not Artifacts but Models 335
50 System Pictures: Toward a Tool for Information Systems Analysis 341
51 The Sixth Step: A 'Structured' Approach to Resolving Conflicting "Clues" in IS Strategy Definition 347
52 The Role of Information Technology in Supporting the Use of Systems Concepts in the Process of Knowledge Elicitation 355
53 Action Research and Information Systems Research: The Consultancy versus Field Study Dilemma 361
54 Structuring Information for Executive Action 367
55 Information Systems Evaluation: From Accounting Theory to Systems Theory through Practice 373
56 Audit and the Net: Critical Issues for Information Management and Control 379
57 Incorporating Individual Differences in Perspective in a Systemic Approach to Information Systems Requirements Analysis 387
58 The Critical Information Systems Practitioner: Listening to the "Babble of Voices"? 395
59 The Work of the Swedish Information Technology (IT) Commission in the Perspective of Critical Systems Thinking 401
60 Representation and Double-Level Language in Information Systems 405
61 Information Systems Development: Methods, Modeling, and Metaphors in an Object-Oriented World 411
62 The Trojan Horse Phenomenon 417
63 Politics versus Learning? 421
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