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Dealing with Complexity : An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science - Robert L. Flood

Dealing with Complexity

An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1993
ISBN: 9780306442995
Number Of Pages: 280

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The Second Edition features expanded coverage of progress in systems science, focusing on the field's overall structure and its components - including systems terms and concepts, complexity, measurements, and principles. The text offers a framework for understanding the underlying theory of systems science to assist decision makers in resolving a wide range of real-world problems in their fields. Revised and expanded chapters cover the origins and evolution of systems science and incorporate different perspectives on complexity. Various approaches to problem solving in the natural and social sciences are described, including the systematic view model and model decomposition. The book also presents clear and coherent accounts of systems intervention, critical systems thinking, and quantification of systems science. Philosophical issues in systems science are comprehensively covered, with discussion on such topics as ontology, epistemology, and methodology. Other features of the Second Edition include: case studies focusing on the application of the viable system model, methodology application, and theory building; a list of thought-provoking questions for each chapter to assist educators; an introduction to critical systems thinking; a chapter on model decomposition; and various approaches to problem solving, including systems intervention.

from a review of the first edition: `A good introduction to systems science ... suitable as an introductory text for students in systems science and related areas. ... The book is well written and the text is supplemented with useful figures.' International Journal for General Systems

Systems: Origin and Evolution, Terms and Concepts
Systems and Complexity
Systems and Measurement
Systems and Modeling: Diagrams and System Identification
Systems View of Management and Organizations
Systems Approach to 'Problem Solving'
Systems Theory in International Relations
Systems Models of Dynamic Processes
Quantitative Cybernetics
System and Model Decomposition
Systems Science: Making Sense of the Philosophical Issues
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ISBN: 9780306442995
ISBN-10: 030644299X
Series: Language of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 31st March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.39 x 18.31  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised