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The Manager's Guide to Systems Practice: Making Sense of Complex Problems

The Manager's Guide to Systems Practice: Making Sense of Complex Problems

Frank Stowell, Christine Welch

ISBN: 978-1-118-34562-7

May 2012

288 pages

$49.99

Description

This book is an ideal resource on the subject of systems practice for busy managers whose time is scarce. It provides a rapid introduction to straightforward, yet powerful ideas that enable users to address real world problems. Systems theory and practice is predominantly a framework for thinking about the World, in which holistic views are maintained. In this respect it contrasts with some familiar techniques of management science, in which problem situations are broken down into their constituent parts with resultant loss of coherence.

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xiii

PART I: Key Systems Ideas 1

1 Understanding Things: The Manager’s Guide to Systems Practice 1

Introducing some basic (but powerful) ideas 3

2 Models and Modelling 19

3 The Practice 33

PART II: Systems Thinking 71

4 Thinking about Systems 73

5 Influential Ideas 101

PART III: The Contributions of Philosophy and the Social Sciences 129

6 Philosophical and Sociological Influences 131

7 Systems Research 163

PART IV: Case Studies 183

8 Pulling it All Together 185

9 Cases 209

Glossary 231

References 235

Index 247