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The Performance of Social Systems : Perspectives and Problems - Francisco Parra-Luna

The Performance of Social Systems

Perspectives and Problems

By: Francisco Parra-Luna (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 2000
ISBN: 9780306463099
Number Of Pages: 397

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It can be said that the concept of performance of social systems is one of the most relevant, since all social systems - from the family, through the enterprise, to the Nation state - are only interesting in obtaining as high a performance as possible. The difficulties encountered when dealing with the concept of performance have been recognized and few books until now ventured to tackle the task, mainly because of the following three big problems: the lack of a theoretical-operational model; the lack of valid data; and the lack of computer facilities. Today these obstacles have been overcome and this is the first book based on different systemic perspectives (value theory, modelling, observation and quantification) which offers the possibility of defining and working out the concept.
The book should be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists, economists, organizational theorists, managers and politicians.

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`The book is well produced to a high standard, and is well referenced and well written, which is useful for those readers wishing to gain a foothold in this area. Overall and interesting read.'
Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 19:3 (2002)

Introductionp. 1
A World of Values
Systems thinking and human values: towards understanding performance in organizationsp. 15
The role of values in measuring performance of social systemsp. 25
Towards an axiological systems theoryp. 37
Some Models for Defining Social Performance
Some problems in the observation of performancep. 61
The resolution of dilemmas and conflicts in approaching the performance of social systems through representation, evaluation and quantificationp. 71
A model for measuring the performance of social systemsp. 89
The potentialities of the sociocybernetic model in assessing political performance in a non-stable societyp. 119
Criteria of systems performance from a macro-sociological viewpointp. 131
Distributed control in social systemsp. 147
Space of state and performance's optimization: lessons of Russians' failuresp. 175
Conditions for testing performancep. 201
Operational Approaches to the Concept of Social Performance
Environmental balance and the performance of social systemsp. 217
The performance of education systemsp. 235
Performance of health care units and the influence of managementp. 253
Indicators of social performance in the heartland of the United Statesp. 277
Global modeling and international performancep. 293
The performance of the world system: a critical viewpointp. 329
An exploration into the measurement of social efficiency on the Internetp. 367
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780306463099
ISBN-10: 0306463091
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 397
Published: 30th June 2000
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.94

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