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

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Overview

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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Booknews
A textbook for an introductory graduate or undergraduate course in systems sciences, deemphasizing the numerical aspects until the basic concepts are established. Updated from the 1988 edition to incorporate recent thinking and feedback from students and teachers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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from a review of the first edition:
'A good introduction to systems science ... suitable as an introductory text for students in systems science and related areas. ... The book is well written and the text is supplemented with useful figures.'
International Journal for General Systems
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306442995
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: Language of Science Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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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