Soft Systems Methodology: Conceptual Model Building and Its Contribution
June 2001, ©2001
Based on a lifetime experience as an academic and consultant, Brian Wilson provides guidance on how to develop a range of conceptual models across a variety of business problems. Building on his earlier work in Systems: Concepts, Methodologies and Applications he takes a practical approach to the topic based on the premise that all organisations are unique. He develops concepts to articulate ways of thinking about complexity. These are an alternative to mathematically-based concepts, and they offer rigorous, and defensible ways of answering the question 'What do we take the organisation to be?' A model of the most appropriate and relevant concept for your own organisation can then be successfully developed and applied.
Of relevance to organisations of any type, or any size, this book shows how model building within SSM can be used to cope with real-life problems. It will be an invaluable resource for students and practitioners in both the public and private sectors.
Models and Methodology.
Basic Principles of HAS Modelling.
Selection of Relevant Systems.
Business Process Re-engineering.
The Consensus Primary Task Model.
CPTMFormulation Using Wider-system Extraction.
CPTMAssembly Using the Enterprise Model.
Application to Training Strategy and HR.
Generic Model Building.
Appendix 1: The Albion Case.
Appendix 2: Exercises.
Appendix 3: The Development of the United Kingdom's Single Army Activity Model and Associated Information Needs and its Relationship to Command and Control.
Appendix 4: An Overview of Soft Systems Methodology.
Appendix 5: Example of Applying Information Analysis Method to Airspace Control Function.
Appendix 6: Examples of Product to Information Category Mapping.
There he was involved in the development and use of Human Activity Systems and 'verbs in the imperative' in place of mathematics as the modelling language for the intellectual processes involved and maintained particular interest in the application of SSM to information and organisation-based analysis. This research was published in Systems: Concepts, methodologies and Applications by John Wiley Sons.
In 1992 he founded his own consulting company, Brian Wilson Associates, where he continues to develop and apply his unique brand of Soft Systems Methodology.
- provides a practical approach to an established and important topic
- builds on the success of his own and Peter Checkland's work in the area
- case studies include the Army, the Navy, the Prison Service, Trustee Savings Bank, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, the Met. Office and a theatre
Features over 100 diagrams and a six-page pull-out section.