Systems Thinking is a new paradigm set to revolutionize management practice in the 21st century. 'Systems Approaches to Management' is the most comprehensive guide available to the application of this new paradigm in the field of management. The volume:
- traces the emergence of holistic thinking in disciplines such as biology, control engineering, sociology, and the natural sciences
-details and provides a critique, based upon social theory, of the range of systems approaches, methodologies, models and methods
- offers numerous case studies to illustrate systems thinking applied to management
- introduces 'critical systems thinking' as a coherent framework that brings unity to the diversity of different systems approaches and advises managers how best to use them
- provides an accessible source of inspiration for managers, management consultants, scholars, and students
The author covers chaos and complexity theory, the learning organization, system dynamics, living systems theory, soft systems methodology, interactive management, interactive planning, total systems intervention, autopoiesis, management cybernetics, the viable system model, operations research (hard and soft), systems analysis, systems engineering, general system theory, socio-technical systems thinking. the fifth discipline, social systems design, team syntegrity, postmodern systems thinking, critical systems thinking, and much more.