Monthly Archives: June 2017

Efficiency and the Systems Approach

Management science versus scientific management This is a summary of Chapter Two of The Systems Approach (TSA). It is part of a series of blogging posts, which will cover the whole of Churchman’s The Systems Approach (TSA), a rather well-known … Continue reading

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Thinking and the Systems Approach

Different approaches for thinking about ‘whole’ systems This is a summary of Chapter One of The Systems Approach (TSA). It is part of a series of blogging posts, which will cover the whole of Churchman’s The Systems Approach (TSA), a … Continue reading

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‘The Systems Approach’ revisited

 The ‘Preface’ in a nutshell I have decided to start blogging, chapter by chapter, the whole of Churchman’s The Systems Approach (TSA), a rather well-known book he wrote in 1968, of which I am convinced that it hasn’t lost any … Continue reading

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War and Peace

Illustrating soft versus hard (systems) thinking This is a summary of the last chapter of Challenge to Reason (CR; Churchman, 1968), of which I think he wrote it before his famous, but perhaps not always well understood, The Systems Approach … Continue reading

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Transcending realism and idealism

One more way for understanding Churchman’s systems approach The first six categories of Churchman’s categorical scheme are rather evident: client, purpose, measures of performance, decision-maker, components and environment. I must add that what many may not realize is that Churchman … Continue reading

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Large models of systems

Wicked assumptions and how to approach them Part II of Challenge to Reason (CR: Churchman, 1968 ] is entitled The maximum loop. Deduction and possibly induction are examples of minimum loop inference. Deduction is the domain of logic, induction that … Continue reading

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The principle of apperception

The core of the systems approach? Chapter eleven, “The Humor of Science,” was given at the New York Chapter of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS, part of INFORMS↗, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in May, … Continue reading

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