Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age / Edition 1

Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age / Edition 1

by Gillian Ragsdell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0306472473

ISBN-13: 9780306472473

Pub. Date: 03/31/2002

Publisher: Springer US

The concept of systems embodies the notion of a collection of elements connected together to form a whole. Systems thinking uses these notions to help understand the world. Central to this approach are the ideas of emergence and hierarchy, and communication and control. Systems practice employs systems ideas to design and manage complex processes and artefacts for

Overview

The concept of systems embodies the notion of a collection of elements connected together to form a whole. Systems thinking uses these notions to help understand the world. Central to this approach are the ideas of emergence and hierarchy, and communication and control. Systems practice employs systems ideas to design and manage complex processes and artefacts for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and society.
Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age comprises a collection of papers written prior to the UKSS conference, that have been contributed by systems thinkers from around the world, with the aim of encouraging debate and promoting development of pertinent issues in systems theory and practice. In current times where the focus has moved from 'information' to 'knowledge' and where 'knowledge management', 'knowledge assets' and so on have become part of everyday speak, it seemed fitting to publish a book with the title of Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306472473
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
03/31/2002
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Section 1Systems Theory1
Emergent or Just Unexpected?3
Sawu Bona: Systems Theory in Design11
Mapping the Stages of the Development of Management Sciences Methodologies in the UK: From Single Solving Methods to Multimethodology19
Relevance and Rigour, Theory and Practice in Systems29
Vickers' Concept of Relationship-Maintaining and the Nature of Regulation37
Section 2Systems Practice45
Connecting Soft Systems Thinking with Project Management Practice: An Organizational Change Case Study47
Cybernetics/Systems Approach to Transformation of the Towel Production Firms in Osaka Area, Japan55
Towards a Contingency Framework for Intervention in the Context of a Systems-Based Approach63
SSM-Guided Research to Improve the Linkages between a Science Provider and their End-Users71
A Multi-Methodological Approach to Emergency Call Handling in the Metropolitan Police Service79
Using SSM to Improve Supply Chain Effectiveness87
Improving Systems Intervention in SMEs: Reflections on Systems Boundaries in Practice97
Soft Systems Methodology based on Organizational Knowledge-Creation Theory105
Section 3Knowledge Management113
Inquiring into Learning as System115
Creating Corporate Value through Knowledge Management Systems123
Information, Knowledge and Teams131
A Human Value System Based Methodology for an Organisational Development Consultancy139
Systemic Learning with a Searchlight Approach147
The Knowledge Worker and the Knowledge Age155
Design of a Knowledge Management System for Quality Improvement in a Public Education System in Mexico163
Knowledge in Self-Organization Process: Hope (Finite) of System Thinking173
The Value of Knowledge Workers--What Affects It and Who Decides?185
Introduction to Knowledge Profiling193
Section 4Environmental Management201
Participative Action Research (PAR) for Rural Community Development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia203
Towards a New Agenda for Operational Research and Environmental Management211
Rhythm of the Rivers: An Ecosystem Approach to Human Health on the Amazon Frontier219
Section 5Critical Systems Thinking229
Turnaround Systems Alignment: A Methodology for Dealing with Complex-Coercive Problems231
On an Application of Critical Systems Heuristics in a Framework for Evaluation of Software Development Productivity239
A Trusting Constructivist View of Systems Thinking in the Knowledge Age247
Section 6Social Systems Design255
Autopoiesis and the Theory of Viable Systems257
Reconciling Complexity Science in Organizations and Christian Spirituality265
Taking Account of Human Rights275
The Impact of Computer Hardware Theft on ICT Introduction to South African Rural Communities: An Interpretive Assessment through Focus Groups and Morphological Analysis within a Process-Based Research Framework283
Participation in Thames Chase Community Forest: A Multimedia Elicitation Tool293
Section 7Business301
A Systems Approach to Marketing303
Systemic Requirements for the Development of Competitive Capability: Lessons from a New Zealand Study of Competitive Advantage311
Rethinking Business Strategy with Complexity Theory321
Section 8Information Systems329
Information system Risks and Countermeasures in Supply Chain Integration and Management for an Enterprise331
An Evaluation Framework for Information Strategies at Higher Education Institutions339
Systems Thinking in the Theory and Practice of Strategic Information Systems Planning349
Practical Approaches to an Information Systems Architecture Implementation at Glaxo Wellcome357
The Role of Surplus Vision in Knowledge Systems365
Cross-Cultural Issues Affecting Electronic Transfer of Personal Health Information375
Comment on 'How' to Conduct an Action Research Study in the Domain of Information Systems Development381
Section 9Modelling389
Complex Clusters in Local Environments: Multi-Layered Multi-Media Learning391
Handling Complexity in Networked Multimedia Systems: The Contribution of Semiotics399
Some Considerations for a Semantic Analysis of Conceptual Data Schemata407
Product and Systems Design through Linguistic Modelling415
Modelling Roles in Business Systems using Role Objects423
Towards a Definition of the "Information Bearing Capability" of a Conceptual Data Schema431
Section 10Student Papers439
Enacting Platforms towards Critical Systems Practice: Reflections from an Organisation-Based Action Research441
A Base for Simulating Information Distribution449
Systems Thinking and the Knowledge Age: Revisiting Kuhn457
Chaos and Complexity Theory in Management: An Exploration from a Critical Systems Thinking Perspective465
Author Index473
Index475

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