Systems Thinking in Europe

  • M. C. Jackson
  • G. J. Mansell
  • R. L. Flood
  • R. B. Blackham
  • S. V. E. Probert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Plenary Papers

  3. Applications of Systems Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. M. C. Jackson, G. J. Mansell, R. L. Flood, R. B. Blackham, S. V. E. Probert
      Pages 101-101
    3. R. K. Ellis, A. Delgado-Fernandez
      Pages 103-107
    4. Georg von Krogh, Olav Solem
      Pages 127-133
    5. Alida Bedford
      Pages 165-169
    6. Piotr Sienkiewicz, Roman Wojtala
      Pages 197-199
    7. Derek K. Hitchins
      Pages 207-214
  4. Applications of Methodology (Both Hard and Soft)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. M. C. Jackson, G. J. Mansell, R. L. Flood, R. B. Blackham, S. V. E. Probert
      Pages 217-218
    3. Michael Yu. Chernyshov
      Pages 219-224
    4. J. C. Quevedo-Losada, J. A. Muñoz Blanco, O. Bolivar-Toledo
      Pages 225-230
    5. J. Cabrera, A. Falcón, F. M. Hernández, J. Méndez
      Pages 231-236
    6. Zhou Shipeng
      Pages 237-242
    7. S. M. Henderson, A. W. Gavine, E. F. Wolstenholme, K. Watts
      Pages 243-249
    8. Matthew Byrne, Andrew Davis
      Pages 251-258
    9. Antonio Caselles, Josep-Lluis Uso, Rafael Carretero, Vicent Llorens, Victoria Solaz
      Pages 259-264
    10. J. Korn, F. Huss, J. D. Cumbers
      Pages 265-271
    11. Geoff Peters, Joyce Fortune
      Pages 273-278
    12. André Dolbec, Georges Goulet
      Pages 291-296
    13. Georges Goulet, André Dolbec
      Pages 297-302
    14. Lars Mathiassen, Andreas Munk-Madsen, Peter A. Nielsen, Jan Stage
      Pages 311-317
    15. F. A. Stowell, Mark Stansfield
      Pages 319-325
    16. D. E. Avison, Paul Golder
      Pages 327-331
    17. D. E. Avison, Paul Golder
      Pages 333-338
  5. Problem Structuring and Critical Systems Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339

About this book


The theme ofthe conference at which the papers in this book were presented was'Systems Thinking in Europe'. Members of the United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS) were conscious that the systems movementflourishes notonly in the UK, America and the Antipodes, but also in continental Europe, both East and West, and in the USSR, a nation increasingly being welcomed by the European comity. Membership of the UKSS had not perhaps had the opportunity, however, of hearing important new ideas from continental Europe, and this conference provided an opportunity to do so. Some interesting papers are to be found here from both the West and the East, if the editors may be forgiven for perpetuating what may be an increasingly irrelevant dichotomy. One lesson to be learned from this conference, though, is that systems thinking is truly international. This is not to say that there is one systems paradigm unifonnly applied, however. Perhaps the core of systems thinking is that one is interested in complex 'wholes' with emergent properties, to which cybernetic ideas can be applied. Examples of such systems thinking can be found in these proceedings, for example in the section entitled "Applications of Systems Thinking". Attempts to bring about change with these ideas, however, have given rise to a diversity of approaches, as is evidenced by the papers dealing with the application of methodologies in the 'hard' and 'soft' systems traditions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. C. Jackson
    • 1
  • G. J. Mansell
    • 2
  • R. L. Flood
    • 1
  • R. B. Blackham
    • 2
  • S. V. E. Probert
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HullHullUK
  2. 2.Polytechnic of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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