Doing Research in the Social Domain

Concepts and Criteria
  • Martha Vahl


Any professional activity worth its name will have developed criteria and concepts that help to guarantee the quality of its products (see Stevens, Schade, Chalk, and Slevin, 1993, p. 6, concerning health care professionals). Interestingly this stage does not seem to have been realised yet for systems professionals in the social domain. Not only early workers have been worried (Ackoff, 1981; Beer, 1985; Checkland, 1981), but also more recent ones (Checkland, 1992; De Zeeuw, 1995; Van der Zouwen, 1996).


System Research Social Domain Soft System Methodology Rich Picture General System Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Vahl
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  1. 1.Lincoln School of Management, Centre for Systems ResearchLincoln University CampusLincolnUK

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