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Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science By John Mingers

Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science by John Mingers

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This book deals with the contribution of a systems approach to a range of disciplines from philosophy and biology to social theory and management.

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Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science Summary

Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science by John Mingers

This book deals with the contribution of a systems approach to a range of disciplines from philosophy and biology to social theory and management. It weaves together material from some of the pre-eminent thinkers of the day. In doing so it creates a coherent path from fundamental work on philosophical issues of ontology and epistemology through specific domains of knowledge about the nature of information and meaning, human communication, and social intervention.

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"This book provides a thorough evaluation of the philosophy of systems, ending up with an introduction to multimethodology and its application in real situations. ... The style of the book is uncompromisingly academic with full referencing ... and relevant quotations. ... is targeted at the academic community and will serve this audience well, most especially those undertaking research degrees with a heavy bias towards non-physical science areas of interest. ... It does provide a good academic foundation for multimethodology applications." (Jane Holland, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 59, 2008)

About John Mingers

John Mingers is Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Canterbury Business School, University of Kent. He is Deputy Director of the business school and Director of Research. He is a past Chair of the UK Systems Society and has been a member of the Council of the OR Society. John Mingers studied Management Sciences for his first degree at Warwick and later completed a Masters in Systems in Management at Lancaster University and a PhD at Warwick. He also worked in industry as a systems analyst and then as an OR analyst.

His research interests include the use of systems methodologies in problem situations - particularly the mixing of different methodologies within an intervention (multimethodology); the application of multimethodology to research methods within information systems; the development of the critical systems approach; autopoiesis (self-producing systems) and its applications; and the nature of knowledge, information and meaning as relevant to information systems. He has published over 80 papers in these areas in journals such as the Information Systems Research, The Sociological Review, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Systems Practice, Management Learning and Organization. He has published the first comprehensive study of autopoiesis - Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis (Plenum, 1995), and has also edited Multimethodology: the Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies (Wiley, 1997, with Tony Gill), Information Systems: an Emerging Discipline? (McGraw Hill, 1997, with Prof. Frank Stowell), and Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Wiley, 2001, with Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead). He is currently editing, with Leslie Willcocks, a book titled Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (Wiley, 2004)

Table of Contents

Foundations.- Philosophical Foundations: Critical Realism.- Living Systems: Autopoiesis.- Observing Systems: The Question of Boundaries.- Knowledge.- Cognising Systems: Information and Meaning.- Knowledge and Truth.- Communication and Social Interaction.- Social Systems.- Action and Intervention.- Management Science and Multimethodology.- The Process of Multimethodology.- Reprise.

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NLS9781441939296
9781441939296
1441939296
Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science by John Mingers
New
Paperback
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
2010-11-23
312
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