This text provides a base for systems theory and method, in particular, viable systems theory, with case studies presenting management systems thinking. It shows how management systems can be used to deal with complex situations, and provides guidelines that enable such situations to be explained.
This book creates a foundation for systems theory and method, in particular, viable systems theory, that explicitly addresses complexity. Various approaches to management systems thinking are also presented via case studies in the final part of the book. The book shows how management systems can be used to deal satisfactorily with complex situations, and provides guidelines that enable such situations to be explained. The book is aimed at advanced students of Information systems, public administration, and business management.
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Part 1: Management Systems: Foundations 1.The Nature of Management Systems 2.Introduction to the Theory of World Views 3.The Paradigm of Complexity 4.The Dynamic of System Paradigms 5.Purposefulness, Methods, and Purposeful Intervention Part 2: Viable Systems and Inquiry 6.Systems as Actors in Networks 7.Viability and Change in Systems 8.The Theory of Viable Systems 9.The Nature of Methodological Inquiry 10.Viable Inquiry Systems Part 3: Approaches to Inquiry 11.Systems Intervention Strategy. Case: Budget Deficit in Liverpool City Council 12.Organisational Diagnosis. Case: Budget Deficit in Liverpool City Council 13.Soft Systems Methodology. Case: Change in the National Health Service 14.Viable Systems Model Methodology. Case: Viability in a School of Transport 15.Conflict Modelling Cycle. Case 1: The Liverpool Dock Strike of 1995; Case 2: The Fall of the Soviet Empire. 16.Exploring the Practice of Mixing Methods
Management Systems by Maurice Yolles
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