Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age

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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.
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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.

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From the Seventh International Conference of the UK Systems Society held in July 2002 come 54 papers that put forth widely varying viewpoints on the current state of systems theory. The papers are organized under the headings of systems theory, systems methodologies, knowledge management, environmental management, critical systems thinking, social systems design, business, information systems, modelling, and student presentations. Specific topics include mapping the stages of the development of management sciences; cybernetic/systems approach to transformation of the towel production firms in Osaka, Japan; design of a knowledge management system for quality improvement in a public education system in Mexico; reconciling complexity science in organizations and Christian spirituality; and the contribution of semiotics to handling complexity in networked multimedia systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461351528
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1: Systems Theory. Emergent or Just Unexpected? J. Fortune, D. White. Sawu Bona: Systems Theory in Design; J. van der Merwe. Mapping the Stages of the Development of Management Sciences. Methodologies in the UK: From Single Solving Methods to Multimethodology; A. Páucar-Cáceres. Relevance and Rigour, Theory and Practice in Systems; S.K. Probert. Vickers' Concept of Relationship-Maintaining and the Nature of Regulation; D. West. Section 2: Systems Practice. Connecting Soft Systems Thinking with Project Management Practice: An Organizational Change Case Study; K. Costello, L. Crawford, L. Bentley, J. Pollack. Cybernetics/Systems Approach to Transformation of the Towel Production Firms in Osaka Area, Japan; T. Koga. Towards a Contingency Framework for Intervention in the Context of a Systems-Based Approach; E.H. Melan. SSM-Guided Research to Improve the Linkages between a Science provider and their End-Users; J. Reid, T. Kelly, I. Valentine. A Multi-Methodological Approach to Emergency Call Handling in the Metropolitan Police Service; R. Rowe. Using SSM to Improve Supply Chain Effectiveness; R. Smith, D. Mackay, G. Altmann, G. Gencoglu. Improving Systems Intervention in SMEs: Reflections on Systems Boundaries in Practice; L. Warren, G. Ragsdell. Soft Systems Methodology based on Organizational Knowledge-Creation Theory; T. Yoshida. Section 3: Knowledge Management. Inquiring into Learning as System; S. Byrne, D. Todd, B. Simpson, C. Woods, R. Seidel. Creating Corporate Value through Knowledge Management Systems; L. Churchman, C. Royce. Information, Knowledge and Teams; M. Crowe. A Human Value System Based Methodology for an Organisational Development Consultancy; M. Hebel, B. Mathiesen. SystemicLearning with a Searchlight Approach; S.C. Holmberg. The Knowledge Worker and the Knowledge Age; J.G. Howell. Design of a Knowledge Management System for Quality Improvement in a Public Education System in México; C. Olmedo. Knowledge in Self-Organization Process: Hope (Finite) of System Thinking; A. Rosicky. The Value of Knowledge Workers - What Affects It and Who Decides? A. Ward, S. Armstrong. Introduction to Knowledge Profiling; M. Yolles. Section 4: Environmental Management. Participative Action Research (PAR) for Rural Community Development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia; H. Habibie, N. Sriskandarajah, R. Packham. Towards a New Agenda for Operational Research and Environmental Management; G. Midgley, M. Reynolds. Rhythm of the Rivers: An Ecosystem Approach to Human Health on the Amazon Frontier; T.P. Murray, R. Packham. Section 5: Critical Systems Thinking. Turnaround Systems Alignment: A Methodology for Dealing with Complex-Coercive Problems; T. Groom. On an Application of Critical Systems Heuristics in a Framework for Evaluation of Software Development Productivity; O. Petkova, D. Petkov. A Trusting Constructivist View of Systems Thinking in the Knowledge Age; N. Romm. Section 6: Social Systems Design. Autopoiesis and the Theory of Viable Systems; J. Brocklesby, J. Mingers. Reconciling Complexity Science in Organizations and Christian Spirituality; E.B. Dent. Taking Account of Human Rights; T. Pearce, J. Fortune. 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 Framework; J. Phahlamohlaka, H. Lotriet. Participation in Thames Chase Community Forest: A

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