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Systems theory and management thinking

Checkland, P. (1994) Systems theory and management thinking. American Behavioral Scientist, 38 (1). pp. 75-91. ISSN 0002-7642

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Abstract

Two inquiring systems developed since the 1960s—Vickers's concept of the appreciative system and the soft systems methodology, are highly relevant to the problems of the 21st century. Both assume that organizations are more than rational goal-seeking machines and address the relationship-maintaining and Gemeinschaft aspects of organizations, characteristically obscured by functionalist and goal-seeking models of organization and management. Appreciative systems theory and soft systems methodology enrich rather than replace these approaches.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: American Behavioral Scientist
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 66356
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2013 09:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 00:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/66356

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