Management Systems: A Viable Systems Approach

Management Systems: A Viable Systems Approach

by Maurice Yolles

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ISBN-13: 9780273620181
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction to the book xv
Part 1 MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: A FOUNDATION 1(112)
Introduction
3(2)
The nature of management systems
5(23)
Overview and objectives
5(1)
Management
6(1)
Inquiry
6(1)
Action and cybernetics
7(1)
Scientific management
8(1)
The rise of systems thinking in management
9(2)
Management systems
11(4)
The system metaphor
15(6)
Generating satisfactory views of reality
21(7)
Summary
26(1)
References
26(2)
Introduction to the theory of world views
28(24)
Overview and objectives
28(1)
Modelling reality
29(2)
Concepts of world view
31(8)
Interaction between weltanschauungen and paradigms
39(2)
Collapsing the paradigm cycle
41(3)
Virtual paradigms
44(3)
Paradigm incommensurability
47(5)
Summary
49(1)
References
50(2)
The paradigm of complexity
52(16)
Overview and objectives
52(1)
Seeing situations in terms of problems
53(2)
Messes in a technically emotionally complex field
55(1)
Resolving, dissolving and optimally solving problems
56(1)
The nature of simple situations
57(1)
Clock and cloud modelling
58(1)
Seeing complexity
59(2)
Social systems and complexity
61(1)
Dealing with complexity
62(2)
A typology of situations
64(1)
Complexity and systems
64(4)
Summary
66(1)
References
67(1)
The dynamic of system paradigms
68(18)
Overview and objectives
68(1)
Inquiry, models of reality and paradigms
69(2)
Mapping situations to modelling approaches
71(1)
Creating a modelling space
72(5)
Changing paradigms to accommodate complexity
77(3)
Mapping changing paradigms
80(4)
Relating two forms of complexity
84(2)
Summary
84(1)
References
85(1)
Purposefulness, methods and purposeful intervention
86(27)
Overview and objectives
86(1)
Purposeful systems, behaviour and stability
87(3)
Inquiry through method
90(6)
The behavioural domain of systems methods
96(1)
Simon's method of inquiry
97(2)
The Kepner-Tregoe method
99(2)
Framework method
101(4)
Establishing controls
105(2)
Method complementarism
107(6)
Summary
109(1)
References
110(3)
Part 2 VIABLE SYSTEMS AND INQUIRY 113(118)
Introduction
115(2)
Systems as actors in networks
117(19)
Overview and objectives
117(1)
System boundaries
118(1)
Systems hierarchies seen as holarchies
118(1)
Focuses in a holarchy
119(3)
The notions of actor stability and security
122(2)
Systems and metasystems
124(2)
Metaholarchies
126(2)
Domains of analysis during inquiry into situations
128(8)
Summary
133(1)
References
134(2)
Viability and change in systems
136(29)
Overview and objectives
136(1)
Viable systems
137(1)
System form and behaviour
138(1)
Actors as complex, adaptive and viable systems
139(1)
The metasystem and transmogrification
140(1)
Viable systems and closure
141(1)
Homeostasis in viable systems
141(3)
The nature of feedback
144(2)
Self-organisation
146(3)
Autopoiesis
149(2)
Self-referencing systems
151(1)
Actors system identity
151(3)
Actors, organisations and change
154(11)
Summary
163(1)
References
164(1)
The dynamics of viable systems
165(24)
Overview and objectives
165(1)
Abandoning equilibrium theory
166(1)
Shifting paradigms: a business management perspective
166(1)
The dynamics of survival
167(6)
Schwarzian viable systems theory
173(7)
A Schwarzian paradigm cycle model
180(9)
Summary
187(1)
References
188(1)
The nature of methodological inquiry
189(18)
Overview and objectives
189(1)
Seeing methods systemically
190(1)
The cybernetics of method
191(1)
Cognitive and situational inquiry
192(1)
The nature of systemic methods
192(4)
The cybernetics of inquiry
196(4)
The evolution of methodologies
200(2)
Building a methodology
202(5)
Summary
205(1)
References
206(1)
Viable inquiry systems
207(24)
Overview and objectives
207(1)
The who, what, why, how and when of inquiry
208(1)
The paradigm principle
208(1)
Methodological pluralism and paradigm incommensurability
209(4)
Defining the basis for an inquiry system
213(2)
Inquirism, the metasystem and the systemic inquiry
215(2)
Inquirism through orthogonalities
217(2)
Inquirism and ideology
219(1)
Viable inquiry systems and autopoiesis
220(1)
The propositions for viable inquiry systems
221(2)
Hard and soft methodologies from the perspective of viable inquiry systems
223(3)
Methodology and viable inquiry
226(5)
Summary
227(1)
References
228(3)
Part 3 APPROACHES TO INQUIRY 231(240)
Introduction
233(5)
Systems intervention strategy
238(33)
Overview
238(1)
Introduction
238(1)
The paradigm of systems intervention strategy
239(7)
Logical processes of SIS
246(6)
The doppelganger paradigm
252(3)
Summary of SIS
255(1)
The SIS case study
255(16)
References
270(1)
Organisational development
271(44)
Overview
271(1)
Introduction
271(1)
The paradigm of organisational development
272(20)
The doppelganger paradigm
292(7)
The OD case study
299(16)
References
313(2)
Soft systems methodology
315(43)
Overview
315(1)
Introduction
315(1)
The paradigm of soft systems soft systems methodology
316(8)
Propositions, identity and language of SSM
324(4)
Logical processes of soft systems methodology
328(1)
The doppelganger paradigm
329(7)
Summary of SSM
336(1)
The SSM case study
336(22)
References
357(1)
Viable system model methodology
358(44)
Overview
358(1)
Introduction
358(1)
The paradigm of viable system model methodology
359(18)
The doppelganger paradigm
377(4)
Summary of VSMM
381(1)
The VSMM case study
381(21)
References
401(1)
Conflict modelling cycle
402(55)
Overview
402(1)
Introduction
402(1)
The paradigm of the conflict modelling cycle
403(18)
The paradigm of CMC
421(10)
The doppelganger paradigm
431(1)
The CMC case studies
431(2)
Case study 1: The Liverpool dock strike of 1995
433(17)
Case study 2: The fall of the Soviet empire
450(7)
References
455(2)
Exploring the practice of mixing methods
457(14)
Overview and objectives
457(1)
Partitioning methodologies
458(1)
Summarising methodologies
459(6)
Comparing methodologies
465(2)
A framework for mixing methods
467(4)
Summary
469(1)
References
470(1)
Index 471

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