Introduction: Background, Purpose, Overview

  • Hartmut Bossel
Part of the Interdisciplinary Systems Research / Interdisziplinäre Systemforschung book series (IW)


There can be little doubt that policy analysis and decision-making concerning the complex issues facing society today stand to benefit from the enormous information processing capability of the computer — if it is properly used. Proper use requires more than anything else an adequate understanding of the social, political, psychological, technological, ecological, and economic systems and processes of which a societal system is composed, as well as the availability of instruments which match the different information processing capabilities of man and computer in an optimal manner.


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© Springer Basel AG 1977

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  • Hartmut Bossel

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