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Overview

Systems Thinking is a new paradigm set to revolutionize management practice in the 21st century. Systems Approaches to Management is the most comprehensive guide available to the application of this new paradigm in the field of management. It,
• Traces the emergence of holistic thinking in disciplines such as biology, control engineering, sociology and the natural sciences
• Details and provides a critique, based upon social theory, of the range of systems approaches, methodologies, models and methods
• Offers numerous case studies to illustrate systems thinking applied to management
• Introduces critical systems thinking' as a coherent framework that brings unity to the diversity of different systems approaches and advises managers, consultants, scholars and students on their use
• Provides an accessible source of inspiration for managers, management consultants, scholars and students £/LIST£ Covers chaos and complexity theory, the learning organization, system dynamics, living systems theory, soft systems methodology, interactive management, interactive planning, total systems intervention, autopoiesis, management cybernetics, the viable system model, operations research (hard and soft), systems analysis, systems engineering, general system theory, sociotechnical systems thinking, the fifth discipline, social systems design, team syntegrity, postmodern systems thinking, critical systems thinking, and much more.
Considers the work of Ackoff, Banathy, Beer, Capra, Checkland, Churchman, Eden, Emery, Flood, Forrester, Friend, Freire, Jackson, Jantsch, Linstone, Luhmann, Mason, Maturana, Miller, Mitroff, Prigonine, Rosenhead, Senge, Stacey, Trist, Ulrich, Varela, Vickers, von Bertalanffy, Warfield, Wheatley, Wiener, and many more.

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Booknews
Jackson (U. of Hull, UK) updates and develops ideas presented in his earlier volume, . He begins by introducing systems thinking and examining the field's history. He then discusses orientation and structure; relevant social theory; origins in the disciplines; and applied systems thinking. Various systems approaches are then examined, including functionalist, interpretive, emancipatory, and postmodern systems approaches. In the last part, critical systems thinking is explored, including its origins, contemporary critical systems thinking and practice, and three illustrative case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'...the material is presented in a clear, accessible manner, and for the student wishing to gain an introductory knowledge of the applications of systems ideas to management this text is without equal, and fills a long-standing gap in the market. One thing is certain: whatever your interest in the systems domain, this is a must for your bookshelf.'
Steve Clarke in Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 18 (2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306465000
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Orientation and Structure 11
3 Relevant Social Theory 21
4 Origins in the Disciplines 43
5 Applied Systems Thinking 91
6 The Functionalist Systems Approach 107
7 The Interpretive Systems Approach 211
8 The Emancipatory Systems Approach 291
9 The Postmodern Systems Approach 333
10 The Origins of Critical Systems Thinkings 355
11 Contemporary Critical Systems Thinking and Practice 375
12 Critical Systems Practice: Three Illustrative Case Studies 395
13 Conclusion 423
References 427
Index of Authors 441
Index 445
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