Search Results for: churchman

The X of X (Churchman, 1962)

Early seminal paper about the systems approach To the unsuspecting eye, Churchman’s systems approach may seem to have popped up quite unexpectedly in 1968, but it has roots in his writings well before that and in his consultancy work long … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

The systems approach according to Churchman

The environmental fallacy and other notions The systems approach and its enemies      Too often human realities are ignored, with the result that planning efforts are sterile, unsatisfying, and irrelevant. In ‘The systems approach and its enemies’ (1979), Churchman draws on … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Systems according to Churchman

Or, designing both models of reality and systems of inquiry Churchman     C. West Churchman (USA, 1913-2004) was a pioneer in systems thinking, both hard (operations research) and soft (the systems approach, social systems design) (see previous post). He was … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Input-Output Approach of Systems

Broadly applicable approach, be it with a few ‘buts’ This is a summary of Chapter Five 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 … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Illustration of the systems approach

A simple clarification of Churchman’s systems approach This is a summary of Chapter Four 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

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Systems and the Systems Approach

Where nothing is what it seems This is a summary of Chapter Three 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 … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Leave a comment

‘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

Posted in General | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Leave a comment