Critical Systems Thinking: Current Research and Practice (Google eBook)

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Robert L. Flood, Norma R. A. Romm
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 1996 - Education - 301 pages
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This volume offers comprehensive treatment of the latest developments in critical systems thinking and practice. The book features contributions by researchers at the prestigious Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull, England. The emphasis is on rigorous analysis of the wide range of approaches to problem solving reported in the research literature. This work will enhance the studies of researchers and students in the areas of systems problem solving, action research, management science, and operational research.
  

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Contents

A Taste for Research and Practice
1
Chapter
8
What Is This Thing Called CST?
11
The Ideal of Unity and the Practice of Pluralism in Systems Science
25
Dealing with Diversity
37
A Foucauldian Reflection on Critical Systems Thinking
63
Chapter 5
81
Methodology
93
Chapter 9
165
Chapter 10
179
Chapter 11
195
Practice
215
Handout Worksheet for Implementation Days
227
Chapter 13
235
Chapter 14
251
Chapter 15
273

Chapter 7
117
Critical Creativity and Total Systems Intervention
141
Preserving a Taste for Research and Practice without Recipes
297
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About the authors Robert L. Flood, born 1955, is Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. He worked for 8 years in management with Paramount Pictures, National Opinion Polls and the Berkshire Area Health Authority, and actively pursues his management interests through consultancy, mainly in commercial organisations. He has authored 4 books, edited 2 others, is founding editor of the journal Systems Practice and has published in many other learned journals. Professor Flood holds a PhD in Systems Science and is also a Chartered Engineer. Michael C. Jackson, born 1951, is Professor of Management Systems at the University of Hull, UK. Prior to entering academic life he worked for 4 years in the civil service. He enjoys diverse consultancy interests with a particular focus on community projects and non-profit-making organisations. He has authored 2 books, edited 6 others, is deputy editor of the journal Systems Practice and has published in many other learned journals and contributed to several books. Professor Jackson holds a Masters degree in Systems and is currently Chair of the UK Systems Society.

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