Dealing with Complexity: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science / Edition 2

Dealing with Complexity: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science / Edition 2

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by Robert L. Flood, Ewart Carson
     
 

ISBN-10: 030644299X

ISBN-13: 9780306442995

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

The Second Edition features expanded coverage of progress in systems science, focusing on the field's overall structure and its components - including systems terms and concepts, complexity, measurements, and principles. The text offers a framework for understanding the underlying theory of systems science to assist decision makers in resolving a wide range of real

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The Second Edition features expanded coverage of progress in systems science, focusing on the field's overall structure and its components - including systems terms and concepts, complexity, measurements, and principles. The text offers a framework for understanding the underlying theory of systems science to assist decision makers in resolving a wide range of real-world problems in their fields. Revised and expanded chapters cover the origins and evolution of systems science and incorporate different perspectives on complexity. Various approaches to problem solving in the natural and social sciences are described, including the systematic view model and model decomposition. The book also presents clear and coherent accounts of systems intervention, critical systems thinking, and quantification of systems science. Philosophical issues in systems science are comprehensively covered, with discussion on such topics as ontology, epistemology, and methodology. Other features of the Second Edition include: case studies focusing on the application of the viable system model, methodology application, and theory building; a list of thought-provoking questions for each chapter to assist educators; an introduction to critical systems thinking; a chapter on model decomposition; and various approaches to problem solving, including systems intervention.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306442995
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Language of Science Series
Edition description:
2nd ed.
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

Table of Contents

Systems: Origin and Evolution, Terms and Concepts. Systems and Complexity. Systems and Measurement. Systems and Modeling: Diagrams and System Identification. Systems View of Management and Organizations. Systems Approach to 'Problem Solving'. Systems Theory in International Relations. Systems Models of Dynamic Processes. Quantitative Cybernetics. System and Model Decomposition. Systems Science: Making Sense of the Philosophical Issues. Index.

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