The Limitations of Applied Systems Research

  • Mick McLean
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 5)


This short paper does not attempt to present either an exhaustive or a comprehensive critique of general systems research. Its purpose is rather to raise a number of interrelated issues which the author feels are worthy of a wider discussion. These issues are raised in connection with those areas of systems research which are intended to improve our understanding of social and economic systems. This is not, we feel, a serious limitation since it is in the application of systems research to the social and economic problems of mankind that explicit considerations of methodology have become most important and controversial.


System Research Urban Model Comprehensive Critique System Researcher Interrelated Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mick McLean
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  1. 1.Science Policy Research UnitUniversity of SussexEngland

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