Modeling

  • John P. van Gigch

Abstract

This chapter is dedicated to modeling, a fundamental aspect of the system design process. Modeling is explained as an iterative decision-making process which takes place in the context of a particular inquiring system. Three different paradigms are compared to show the role of representation of reality in modeling. Then the modeling relation is explained as an introduction of the formulation of models involved in the process of knowledge acquisition. Finally, soft systems methodology (SSM) is introduced as an approach by which complex organizational structures are modified, and the question of modeling about modeling, which we call metamodeling, is raised.

Keywords

Problem Definition Present Text Root Definition Knowledge Acquisition Process Epistemological Concern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. van Gigch
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversitySacramentoUSA

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