Systems Thinking

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Edited by: Gerald Midgley

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2003 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446263556 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780761949596 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263556 |
    • Series: SAGE Library in Business and Management |
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Abstract

Systems Thinking brings together classic and contemporary writings that cross the entire breadth of the systems field. The four-volume set includes the most influential theoretical papers, as well as applications in domains as diverse as global environmental modelling, business strategy, public sector planning, family therapy and the management of organizations.

Key critiques of the leading writers allow the researcher to understand how and why paradigm breaks took place, and to grasp the extraordinary diversification of systems theory and practice we see today.

Systems Thinking will be an essential reference for all libraries of business, management and organization studies.

International Advisory Board

Peter Allen, Cranfield University, UK

Bela H Banathy, Saybrook Institute, USA & International Systems Institute, USA

Kenneth Bausch, Institute for 21st Century Agoras, USA

Richard Bawden, Michigan State University, USA

Søren Brier, ...

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  • Systems Thinking: An Introduction and Overview

    GeraldMidgley

    The Purpose of these Volumes

    Only one or two people in each generation of researchers have the opportunity to edit a volume that brings together the main classic and contemporary writings in their discipline. I feel incredibly privileged to have been given just such an opportunity, and I follow in some distinguished footsteps. There have been previous edited books on systems thinking (e.g., Buckley, 1965; Emery, 1969, 1981; Beishon and Peters, 1972; and Klir, 1991), and these have all been milestone publications. They have served the purpose of consolidating particular strands of thinking within the systems tradition, and they have made these accessible to new generations of researchers and practitioners.

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