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Applications of systems thinking and soft operations research in managing complexity : from problem framing to problem solving

Author: Anthony Masys
Publisher: Cham ; New York : Springer, [2016]
Series: Advanced sciences and technologies for security applications.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book captures current trends and developments in the field of systems thinking and soft operations research which can be applied to solve today's problems of dynamic complexity and interdependency. Such 'wicked problems' and messes are seemingly intractable problems characterized as value-laden, ambiguous, and unstable, that resist being tamed by classical problem solving. Actions and interventions associated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)910412399
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Masys
ISBN: 9783319211060 3319211064
OCLC Number: 921249062
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 322 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents: Contributors; 1 Introduction; Abstract; 1 Problem Framing; 2 Content; 2.1 Part 1: Organizational Theme; 2.2 Part 2: Disaster Management Theme; 2.3 Part 3: Systems Thinking Theme; 3 Conclusion; References; Part IOrganizational Theme; 2 Using Systems Modelling to Examine Law Enforcement Collaboration in the Response to Serious Crime; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Background; 3 Theory; 4 Modelling Collaboration Systems; 4.1 The Operational Taskforce; 4.2 The National Multi-agency Law Enforcement System; 4.3 The Regional Cooperative Agency; 5 Conclusion; References 3 Managing Complexity in Organizations Through a Systemic Network of ProjectsAbstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Managing Complexity: How a Systemic Methodology Evolved; 3 Understanding the Organization as a System: Flowcharting the Processes; 4 Variation and Its Importance for Managing Organizations as Systems; 5 Variation and Complexity; 6 Gathering Data: The Behaviour Chart; 7 Prediction Versus Forecast; 8 Adding the Constraint to the Organization Viewed as a System; 9 The Need for a Constraint; 10 Protecting the Constraint: The ``Buffer'' 11 Measuring a Complex System and Its Performance with a Systemic Approach12 Managing Complexity --
The Decalogue Methodology; 13 Processes, Projects and Managing Projects with Critical Chain; 14 Critical Chain and Organizational Design; 15 Network Theory and the Network of Projects Organization; 16 Proposing the Organizational Design of the Networks of Projects; 17 The Network of Conversations in Organizations; 18 The Thinking Process Tools; 19 Shifting Beyond the Hierarchical Mindset; 20 The Pattern for Change with the Thinking Process Tools 21 A Solution for Generating Continuous Breakthroughs: The Conflict Cloud22 The Decalogue Methodology as a Solution for Complexity in Organizations; 23 Towards a New Economics; 24 Notes; 4 Family of Related Systemic Elements (FoRSE2122) Matrix: Big(ger) Picture Thinking and Application for Business and Organizations; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Problems with Problem Framing and Generating Solutions; 3 Thinking Primer: Basic, Specific Field, Critical and Big Picture (Systems) Thinking; 4 Big Picture Thinking and Little Window Glimpses 5 The Family of Related Systemic Elements (FoRSE2122) Matrix6 Case Study; 7 Next Steps; References; Part IIDisaster Management Theme; 5 Disentangling Wicked Problems: A Reflexive Approach Towards Resilience Governance; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Contemporary Wicked Problems; 2.1 Hybrid Threats; 2.1.1 Example 1: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans; 2.1.2 Example 2: Natural Gas Extraction in Groningen; 2.1.3 Example 3: The Eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull; 2.2 The Challenge of Policy Development; 3 From Risk Society to Resilient Society; 3.1 The Shift Towards Resilience Thinking
Series Title: Advanced sciences and technologies for security applications.
Responsibility: Anthony J. Masys, editor.

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