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The systems approach

Author: C West Churchman
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dell Pub. Co., ©1979.
Series: Delta book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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This book is an attempt to examine what the "systems approach" means. It does so not from the point of view of "selling" the idea, but rather by examining its validity in the climate of a debate ... Now it is sheer nonsense to expect that any human being has yet been able to attain such insight into the problems of society that he an really identify the central problems and determine how they should be solved. The  Read more...
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Churchman, C. West (Charles West), 1913-2004.
Systems approach.
New York, N.Y. : Dell Pub. Co., ©1979
(OCoLC)591071883
Online version:
Churchman, C. West (Charles West), 1913-2004.
Systems approach.
New York, N.Y. : Dell Pub. Co., ©1979
(OCoLC)609778265
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C West Churchman
ISBN: 0440584590 9780440584599
OCLC Number: 6279365
Description: xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: What is a system --
Thinking --
Efficiency --
Systems --
An illustration --
Input-output --
Applications of system thinking --
Program budgeting --
Management information systems --
Large scale and world modeling --
Systems approach to the future --
Time --
Planning --
The systems approach to the human being --
Values --
Behavior --
Anti-planning.
Series Title: Delta book.
Responsibility: C. West Churchman.

Abstract:

This book is an attempt to examine what the "systems approach" means. It does so not from the point of view of "selling" the idea, but rather by examining its validity in the climate of a debate ... Now it is sheer nonsense to expect that any human being has yet been able to attain such insight into the problems of society that he an really identify the central problems and determine how they should be solved. The systems in which we live are far too complicated as yet for our intellectual powers and technology to understand. Given the limited scope of our capability to solve the social problems we face, we have every right to question whether any approach--systems approach, humanist approach, artist's approach, engineering approach, religious approach, psychoanalytic approach--is the correct approach to the understanding of our society. But a great deal can be learned by allowing a clear statement of an approach to be made in order that its opponents may therefore state their opposition in as cogent a fashion as possible.

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