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Epilogue: systems approaches and systems practice

Reynolds, Martin and Holwell, Sue (2010). Epilogue: systems approaches and systems practice. In: Reynolds, Martin and Holwell, Sue eds. Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide. London: Springer, pp. 293–306.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84882-809-4_7
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Abstract

Each of the five systems approaches discussed in this volume: system dynamics (SD), the viable systems model (VSM), strategic options development and analysis (SODA), soft systems methodology (SSM) and critical systems heuristics (CSH) has a pedigree. Not in the sense of the sometimes absurd spectacle of animals paraded at dog shows. Rather, their pedigree derives from their systems foundations, their capacity to evolve and their flexibility in use. None of the five approaches has developed out of use in restricted and controlled contexts of either low or high levels of complicatedness. Neither has any one of them evolved as a consequence of being applied only to situations with either presumed stakeholder agreement on purpose, or courteous disagreement amongst stakeholders, or stakeholder coercion. The compilation is not a celebration of abstract ‘methodologies’, but of theoretically robust approaches that have a genuine pedigree in practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
ISBN: 1-84882-808-X, 978-1-84882-808-7
Extra Information: Visit the repository entry for the whole book to find links to the other chapters by OU authors.
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 21300
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 14:54
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 10:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21300
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