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Systems Approaches to Managing Change


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Introducing Systems Approaches.- System Dynamics.- The Viable System Model.- Strategic Options Development and Analysis.- Soft Systems Methodology.- Critical Systems Heuristics.- Epilogue: Systems Approaches and Systems Practice.

About the Author

Sue Holwell joined Cranfield University in 1998 and taught on the MSc in the Design of Information Systems and MBA at the Royal Military College of Science. In April 2002 she joined the Systems Department at the Open University. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Centre for Complexity and Change, Technology Faculty, Open University. Dr Martin Reynolds joined OU in 2000. He previously worked with Gerald Midgley at Hull University co-authoring Operational Research and Environmental Management with support from the Operational Research Society. His interest in critical systems came through PhD work on participatory natural resource-use appraisal in Botswana, based at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).


From the reviews:"Each course of this banquet is generously served by a master chef, either the creator of the methodology or a prominent practitioner. The chefs trace the origin and history of their creations and the fine ingredients they used, and discuss cooking tips and appropriate pairings. I appreciate the wisdom shared. ... Reynolds and Holwell's book ... covers a smaller set of systems approaches. ... Systems thinkers should read this book." (Ernest Hughes, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2010)"The selection of the five approaches presented in the book on the basis that there is a rich interplay between the situation, the practitioner community and the methodology of each of the selected approaches. ... it will certainly be useful for novice systems practitioners ... . this is an excellent resource that will be valuable to systems scholars and practitioners ... ." (Shamim Bodhanya, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, Vol. 7 (1), July, 2011)

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