© 1996

Designing Social Systems in a Changing World


Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 1-7
  3. Understanding Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 11-47
    3. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 49-85
    4. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 87-152
  4. Adding Value to Systems Design and How Systems Design Adds Value to Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 155-222
    3. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 223-282
    4. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 283-348
    5. Bela H. Banathy
      Pages 349-352
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 353-372

About this book


In this original text/reference, Bela H. Banathy discusses a broad range of design approaches, models, methods, and tools, together with the theoretical and philosophical bases of social systems design. he explores the existing knowledge bases of systems design; introduces and integrates concepts from other fields that contribute to design thinking and practice; and thoroughly explains how competence in social systems design empowers people to direct their progress and create a truly participative democracy. Based on advanced learning theory and practice, the text's material is enhanced by helpful diagrams that illustrate novel concepts and problem sets that allow readers to apply these concepts.


Design democracy evaluation knowledge learning theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International Systems InstituteCarmelUSA
  2. 2.Saybrook Graduate SchoolSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Designing Social Systems in a Changing World
  • Authors Bela H. Banathy
  • Series Title Contemporary Systems Thinking
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45251-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-9983-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-9981-1
  • Series ISSN 1568-2846
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 372
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Environmental Management
    Clinical Psychology
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