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Systems thinkers

Author: Magnus Ramage; Karen Shipp
Publisher: London : Springer, 2009.
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"Systems Thinkers presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers. It discusses each thinker's key contributions, the way this contribution was expressed in practice and the relationship between their life and ideas. This discussion is supported by an extract from the thinker's own writing, to give a flavour of their work and to give  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Magnus Ramage; Karen Shipp
ISBN: 1848825242 9781848825246 9781848825253 1848825250
OCLC Number: 429183661
Description: ix, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Early cybernetics: Gregory Bateson ; Norbert Wiener ; Warren McCulloch ; Margaret Mead ; W. Ross Ashby --
General systems theory: Ludwig von Bertalanffy ; Kenneth Boulding ; Geoffrey Vickers ; Howard Odum --
System dynamics: Jay Forrester ; Donella Meadows ; Peter Senge --
Soft and critical systems: C. West Churchman ; Russell Ackoff ; Peter Checkland ; Werner Ulrich ; Michael Jackson --
Later cybernetics: Heinz von Foerster ; Stafford Beer ; Humberto Maturana ; Niklas Luhmann ; Paul Watzlawick --
Complexity theory: Ilya Prigogine ; Stuart Kauffman ; James Lovelock --
Learning systems: Kurt Lewin ; Eric Trist ; Chris Argyris ; Donald Schön ; Mary Catherine Bateson.
Responsibility: Magnus Ramage, Karen Shipp.
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