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Systems approach as teleological concordance

A complete concise understanding of the systems approach When I started this blog (CSL4D, i.e. Concept & Systems Learning for Design) almost 5 years ago (January 8, 2012), I had just discovered concept mapping as a great learning tool. At … Continue reading

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The pure land of a(nti)teleology

Reversing the table on rationality, again and again Reading Churchman is like riding a conceptual rollercoaster. He never shies away from looking at things from totally different angles, opposites in particular, and not just occasionally but in quick succession, again … Continue reading

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A basic conceptual framework for systems learning

Inter-relationships, boundaries, and perspectives revisited Last week I was struggling with three systems concepts: inter-relationships, perspectives and boundaries (IPB). All I was trying to do was to fill out a so-called IPB table to summarize my understanding of the stages … Continue reading

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Policy argumentation

Mitroff’s operationalization of Churchman’s systems approach, part 2 I ended my previous post on Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST, based on Mason’s and Mitroff’s ‘Challenging strategic planning assumptions’)  with a paragraph on policy argumentation in which I explained that … Continue reading

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Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing (SAST)

Mitroff’s ‘operationalization’ of Churchman’s systems approach, part 1 In table 12-3 (p. 301 of Mason’s and Mitroff’s ‘Challenging strategic planning assumptions’) major approaches to business problem solving are compared, including the systems approach and SAST (strategic assumption surfacing and testing), … Continue reading

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Deception and the Systems Approach

Is THE systems approach a supersystem approach? This is a summary of the last, concluding Chapter Fourteen of The Systems Approach (TSA). It is part of a series of blogging posts, which covered the whole of Churchman’s The Systems Approach (TSA), a … 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 heroism of applied science

… for the common wages of their most secret heart Chapter ten of Challenge to Reason (Churchman 1968), “The heroism of applied science,” was a paper delivered at the Department of Defense (DoD) Logistics Research Conference in Airlie House, Warrenton, … Continue reading

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Real objectives, value and the systems approach

Client-purpose relationships, unfolding, evaluation and systemic agency It’s always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumptions. (Churchman, 1968: ix) What proof exists of any real, actual value added by the systems approach? At the beginning of … Continue reading

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From efficacy to efficiency to effectiveness

Four approaches and two meanings of ‘approach’ When I first read Churchman’s ‘The systems approach’ I was missing a bit of structure to let everything fall into place. I went on to read more of his books and other systems … Continue reading

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