Systems Approaches to Management

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 2000 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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Systems Thinking is a new paradigm set to revolutionize management practice in the 21st century. Systems Approaches to Management is the most comprehensive guide available to the application of this new paradigm in the field of management. It, Traces the emergence of holistic thinking in disciplines such as biology, control engineering, sociology and the natural sciences Details and provides a critique, based upon social theory, of the range of systems approaches, methodologies, models and methods Offers numerous case studies to illustrate systems thinking applied to management Introduces critical systems thinking' as a coherent framework that brings unity to the diversity of different systems approaches and advises managers, consultants, scholars and students on their use Provides an accessible source of inspiration for managers, management consultants, scholars and students £/LIST£ Covers chaos and complexity theory, the learning organization, system dynamics, living systems theory, soft systems methodology, interactive management, interactive planning, total systems intervention, autopoiesis, management cybernetics, the viable system model, operations research (hard and soft), systems analysis, systems engineering, general system theory, sociotechnical systems thinking, the fifth discipline, social systems design, team syntegrity, postmodern systems thinking, critical systems thinking, and much more. Considers the work of Ackoff, Banathy, Beer, Capra, Checkland, Churchman, Eden, Emery, Flood, Forrester, Friend, Freire, Jackson, Jantsch, Linstone, Luhmann, Mason, Maturana, Miller, Mitroff, Prigonine, Rosenhead, Senge, Stacey, Trist, Ulrich, Varela, Vickers, von Bertalanffy, Warfield, Wheatley, Wiener, and many more.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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The General Theory The Living Organization Methodology and Living Systems Theory 6 6 4 Case Studies of the Application of Living Systems The...
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Four Other Disciplines of the Learning Organization 7 7 2 Strengths and Weaknesses of Senges Soft Systems Thinking
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ORIENTATION AND STRUCTURE
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APPLIED SYSTEMS THINKING
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SYSTEMS APPROACHES
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HARD SYSTEMS THINKING
127
THE EMANCIPATORY SYSTEMS APPROACH
291
THE POSTMODERN SYSTEMS APPROACH
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CRITICAL SYSTEMS THINKING
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CONCLUSION References
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ORGANIZATIONAL CYBERNETICS
155
LIVING SYSTEMS
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Michael C. Jackson graduated from Oxford University and has since worked in public sector management, in academia, and as a consultant. He is Professor of Management Systems at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and Director of its business school. Mike is author of "Systems Methodology for the Management Sciences," Plenum, 1991; "Creative Problem Solving," Wiley, 1991 (with R.L. Flood); "Systems Approaches to Management," Kluwer/Plenum, 2000; and numerous articles in academic and professional journals, including some of the most cited in the field. He is also editor-in-chief of "Systems Research and Behavioral Science" and associate editor of "Systems Practice and Action Research," Mike has been Chair of the UK Systems Society and President of the International Federation for Systems Research and the International Society for the Systems Sciences. His work has been translated into six languages and he has given invited lectures in over twenty countries. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Chartered Management Institute, and the Cybernetics Society.

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