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Systems for Sustainability : People, Organizations, and Environments - Frank A. Stowell

Systems for Sustainability

People, Organizations, and Environments

By: Frank A. Stowell (Editor), Ray L. Ison (Editor), Rosalind Armson (Editor), Jacky Holloway (Editor), Sue Jackson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1997
ISBN: 9780306456152
Number Of Pages: 728

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The term "sustainability" has entered the lexicon of many academic disciplines and fields of professional practice, but to date does not appear to have been seriously consid­ ered within the systems community unless, perhaps, under other guises. Within the wider community there is no consensus around what sustainability means with some authors identifying 70 to 100 definitions of the term. Some see sustainability as the precise and quantifiable outcomes of biological systems whilst others see it in terms of processes rele­ vant to personal and organizational change with the potential to effect changes in our rela­ tionships with out environments. Internationally it has been increasingly used in relation to the term "sustainable development"--a term popularised by the Brundland Commis­ of definitions sion's report in 1987 entitled "Our Common Future. " Despite this diversity and polarised perception on its utility, unlike many other popular terms, it has not had its time and subsided quietly from our language. It is therefore timely for the systems com­ munity to explore the relationship between systems and sustainability in a range of con­ texts. Participants in this, the 5th International Conference of the United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS), have been invited to reflect critically on the contribution of sys­ tems thinking and action to sustainability-to the sustainability of personal relationships, the organizations in which live and work, and our "natural" environment.

Learning to Persist: A Systemic View of Developmentp. 1
Politics for Sustainabilityp. 7
Requirements Analysis for Information Systems: The QUICKethics Approachp. 15
Using Systems for Sustainability in the Context of Agenda 21p. 21
Coping with Environmental Uncertainty by Social Learning: The Case of Agricultural Biotechnology Regulation in Europep. 27
Putting Sustainability into Practice in Agricultural Research for Developmentp. 33
Proletku'lt, Revolution, and Tektology: Systemness as a Factor of Sustainabilityp. 39
The Integration of Systemic and Scientific Thinking in the Development of an Innovative Process for Environmental Managementp. 43
The Practical Use of Systems Methodologies in Environmental Managementp. 51
Sustainability and Systems Thinking: The Coevolution of Communities and Technological Infrastructuresp. 57
Sustainable Intervention: Systems Thinking for Chinese Environmental Managementp. 63
Sustainable Transport Development in Developing Countries: Using Systemic Thinking and a Global Perspectivep. 67
The Assessment and Management of Wildlife Areas: What Can Systems Offer?p. 73
Emergent Practice in Agricultural Research: Using Metaphors and Dialogue to Create a Space for Understandingsp. 79
Movement and Sustainability: Other Ways of Thinking about Environmentsp. 85
The Technology of Sustainable Agricultural Systemsp. 91
Sustainability and Viabilityp. 97
The Invisible Practitioner or the Holistic Practitioner? The Problem Helper in the Problem Situationp. 103
Occupational Therapy: A Profession Sustained through Systems Sciencep. 109
If System Thinkers Are All So Smart, Why Ain't We Rich?p. 115
Sustainability of Systems Thinking and Practice in Organizationsp. 119
Modern Academic Mythsp. 125
In What Sense Do Systems Exist?p. 131
Systemic Approaches and Contingent Actions in Consultancy Interventionp. 137
Modelling the Process of Deciding in Real World Problemsp. 141
Doing Research in the Social Domain: Concepts and Criteriap. 147
Virtual Self, Virtual Mind, Virtual World: Sustainable Future?p. 153
Critical Theory, Carl Jung, and Symbo-Construction in Soft Systems Rich Pictures: A Seminar for Reflective Practitionersp. 157
Where Is the Observer in IT Strategy and Systems?p. 163
A Systems View of Teaching and Learning: Technological Potential and Sustainable, Supported Open Learningp. 171
Freeing Lifelong Learning Systems from Teaching Systems Thinking: Death to Pedagogy?p. 177
Evaluating a Learning Organisations Initiative: In Search of New Approachesp. 185
Designing Sustainable Sporting Organisationsp. 191
Life-Long Learning OK! But to What Future Learning Agenda?p. 199
Charting Change - the Use of Systems Concepts in Distance Learning Based Management Education across Europep. 205
Application of a Data Mining System as an Aid to Organisational Learningp. 211
Towards a Proposal to Study the Policy Making Process at the Basic Educational Level in Colombiap. 217
The Contribution of Evaluation to Organizational Learning: Exploding the Mythp. 221
Exploring Parallels between Quaker Beliefs and Systems Theoryp. 227
Systems, Crafts, and Sustainabilityp. 233
Autopoiesis: In Search for a Theory of Organisational Changep. 239
Systems Thinking in U.K. Film Unitsp. 245
Bridging the 'Output-Outcome' Gap in Sustainability R and D: A Fifth Generation R and D 'Punctuated Arena' Modelp. 251
Learner-Centred Evaluation of Systems, Systems Courses, and Future Needs in Systems Learningp. 257
The Learning Cycle-Action Learning: Learning Organisationp. 263
A Conceptual Framework for Self-Organization and Merging Processes in Social Systemsp. 271
We've Said It's Learning Organisation But Does It Know (and What Is It Anyway)?p. 277
Time for a New Language, a New Discourse: A Naive Propositionp. 285
Towards Information Systems Sustainability in Community Organisations Using an Organisational Learning Approachp. 293
Multi-Level Multi-Loop Organizational Learning in the Open Universityp. 299
Orchestrating Discipline-Based Research and Learning: Why, When, and Howp. 307
A Report on an Action-Research Project to Strengthen the Research Base in Primary and Community Carep. 313
Enhancing the Critical Reflection Mode of TSIp. 319
Lifeworld-System, Juridification, and Critical Entrepreneurshipp. 327
Critical Approaches to Information Systems Development: Some Practical Implicationsp. 333
Critical Systems Criteria for Evaluating Interventionsp. 339
Critical Pluralism and Multimethodology, Post Postmodernismp. 345
Language in Its Communicative Action Form: Mediation of Synchronic and Diachronic Aspects of Languagep. 353
The Idea of Emancipation in Total Systems Intervention: An Explorationp. 361
Exploring 'Our Common Future': Generalised Interests and Specialised Discoursesp. 367
Social and Organisational Learning and Unlearning in a Different Key: An Introduction to the Principles of Critical Learning Theatre and Dialectical Inquiryp. 373
Viable Inquiry Systemsp. 381
'Insider-Control' and the Effects on Economic Systems: A Critical Reviewp. 387
Investigations on the Influence of the Global System of Instrumental Civilization on the Global Economy and the Mathematical Approach for Soft Systems Analysis and Evaluationp. 393
Adding Structure to the Cultural Analysis of SSMp. 401
Systems Thinking and Gauging Sustainable Developmentp. 407
An Investigation of Heuristics Used in the Construction of Conceptual Modelsp. 413
From Single to Multi-Paradigm Systems Research: The Cognitive Constraintsp. 421
Participative Approaches for Dealing with Complexity: A Comparison between Interactive Management and Socio-Technical Systems Theoryp. 427
CVAM: A New Systems Methodology and Systemic Sustainability in an Engineering Companyp. 433
Managing Change Is a Human Process Which Intervention Approaches Often Ignorep. 439
Born Free in an Unfree World: A Five-Level Emancipatory Programp. 443
A Practical Project at HM Prison Hull: Total Systems Intervention or Total Systems Failure?p. 449
Systemic Refocusing: A Strategy for Sustainabilityp. 455
Concerning Computer-Based Support Tools for the User of the Soft Systems Methodologyp. 459
A Taxonomy of Heuristic Problem Solvingp. 465
Rich Pictures: A Counselling Aidp. 471
Reflecting on the Use of SSM within Humberside TEC: A Special Focus on 'Sustainability'p. 479
Theory of Organisationsp. 485
Beyond Functional Decomposition in Soft Systems Methodologyp. 491
Complementarity of Evaluation Methodologies in the Organization in Colombiap. 497
Spiralling into the Futurep. 501
Working Towards Sustainability through Creativity: Promotion of Critical Creativity as an Integral Component of Systems Methodologiesp. 507
Dialogism: A Bakhtinian Perspective on Communicationp. 513
Total Systems Intervention: Reflections on Achieving Sustainability in a Complex Situationp. 519
Risk Management and Project Failurep. 525
Improving Output Quality and Minimising Business Risks with a Holistic Approach to Organisational Information Systems Developmentp. 531
Constructing End-User Design Environments: Implementing Client-Led Developmentp. 537
Soft Systems Methodology: A Metaphor for the Process of Data Analysisp. 543
Business Analysis for Computing Purposes: One Analyst or Two?p. 549
Critical Approaches to Information Systems Development: A Theoretical Perspectivep. 555
Modelling Information Flow for IS Developmentp. 561
Systems for Sustainability - or Sustainability for Systems?p. 567
Information Systems Methodologies: The Problem Rather Than the Solution?p. 573
Reasoning about Software System Design with SSMp. 579
Bridging the Gap between IS Definition and IS Specificationp. 583
The Possibility of Linking SSM with Object-Oriented Information Systems Developmentp. 589
Information, Systems, and Daseinp. 595
A Critical Analysis of the Thesis that Systems Are Subjective Constructsp. 601
A Systems Approach to Strategic IS Integrationp. 607
Information within the (Human) System: Some Implication for Information Systems Conceptp. 613
Information Systems Developmentp. 619
Modelling the Discharge Decision-Making Process in the Domain of Mental Health Carep. 625
The Role of Diagrams in Information Systems Analysisp. 631
Developing Firmer Grounds for Client-Led Design of Information Systemsp. 637
Competitive Systems - Seducing Cicerop. 641
A System-Structural View of Relationship Marketing Analysisp. 647
A Systemic Framework for Sustainability of Performance in Operations Managementp. 653
Integrating Knowledge for Innovationp. 659
Systems of Innovationp. 665
A Systems Perspective of the Extended Enterprisep. 671
The Diversity, Mysteries, and Dilemmas of Total Quality Managementp. 677
Working Together: RandD Partnering in the New Zealand Dairy Sectorp. 683
Stakeholders' Perceptions of a Business Process Reengineering Projectp. 689
Expansion of the System Boundary: A Case Study of the Influence of a Multinational Organisation on a Middle Market Supplierp. 697
An Holistic Model for Change Managementp. 703
A Systemic Approach to Organizational Role and the Management of Changep. 709
High Performance Teams and Their Developmentp. 715
A Consideration of Team Development Life Cycles Using Behavioural Paradigm Models and Communication Analysisp. 721
Indexp. 727
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ISBN: 9780306456152
ISBN-10: 030645615X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 728
Published: 31st July 1997
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 17.78  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.34