Critical Systems Thinking: Current Research and Practice / Edition 1

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This volume offers comprehensive treatment of the latest developments in critical systems thinking and practice. The book features contributions by researchers at the prestigious Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull, England. The emphasis is on rigorous analysis of the wide range of approaches to problem solving reported in the research literature. This work will enhance the studies of researchers and students in the areas of systems problem solving, action research, management science, and operational research.
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A collection of articles by contributors affiliated with the Center for Systems Studies at the University of Hull, organized in three sections on theory, methodology, and practice. Subjects include unity and pluralism in systems science, diversity management, total systems intervention, critical systems thinking for citizens, and a framework for assessing participation. Papers on practice describe research projects in a police department, and an investigation of inheritance law in South Africa. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306454516
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview: A Taste for Research and Practice. Theory: What Is This Thing Called CST? (G. Midgley). The Ideal of Unity and the Practice of Pluralism in Systems Science (G. Midgley). Dealing with Diversity (W. Gregory). A Foucaultvian Reflection on Critical Systems Thinking (N. ValeroSilva). Methodology: Total Systems Intervention: Local Systemic Intervention (R. Flood). TSI as Critique: The Critical Review Mode (J. Wilby). Critical Creativity and TSI (G. Ragsdell). Critical Systems Thinking for Citizens (W. Ulrich). Systems Methodologies and Intervention: The Issue of Researcher Responsibility (N. Romm). A Framework for Assessing Participation (M. Brown). Practice: Commentary. TSI in North Yorkshire Police: Implementation and Evaluation (R. Flood, P. Green). Two Perspectives in a Voluntary Organization (C. Cohen). Reflections on an Action Research Project: Women and the Law in Southern Africa (N. Romm). Economic Recessions and Selfdeceptions: Messes in Collective Rationality (J. Oliga). Index.
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