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Values in the Systems Approach

The difference between soft and hard systems approaches This is a summary of Chapter Eleven 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), … 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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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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Solving the wrong problem precisely

“A problem well put is half solved.” Dewey, 1938 In 1998, Ian Mitroff adapted an article from his book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times, which dealt with preventing misdirected thinking, or the time, talent, and resource drains that result from … Continue reading

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A systems approach to the design of inductive inquiry

The problem of observation as a nonseparable component In the late 1960s Churchman was invited by NASA to work on an automated organic chemistry laboratory (or ‘inquiring system’), presumably to detect possible traces of life (‘biosignatures’ in current Exomars terms). … Continue reading

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Systems, design and inquiry

Two more concept maps, like it or not Yesterday I started rereading Churchman’s 1971 book on “The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization.” The opening chapter introduces a few basic concepts, such as system, design and … Continue reading

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Rules of thumb and leverage points

How to link them to the workings of the systems approach? Inter-relationships          “So it’s all about inter-relationships?” somebody asked me, after I had tried to explain the systems approach. “Well, yes,” I replied, “but it’s also about Kauffman’s rules of … Continue reading

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The problem may be people

Yet, we mustn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater Relating Systems Thinking and Design   … is the title of a symposium held in Banff, Canada on September 1, 2015. The keynote was delivered by Don Norman, whose work mostly … Continue reading

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What is it with the systems approach?

… and explaining what it is about and how it works? Yes, what indeed?       This post presents one more explanation of the systems approach. I am convinced that everybody does it – I mean the systems approach (in a probably … Continue reading

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What perspective for Northern Mali?

And what role for Dutch military in UN Peacekeeping? Tuareg rebellions    There have been 4 Tuareg rebellions since the independence of Mali: 1962–64, 1990–95, 2007–09, and 2012-2014. During the second rebellion – while I was there – the Tuaregs started … Continue reading

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