Brain and Mind

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 283–295

The Cognitive Process of Problem Solving: A Soft Systems Approach

  • Dilip Patel
  • Shushma Patel

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025470015275

Cite this article as:
Patel, D. & Patel, S. Brain and Mind (2003) 4: 283. doi:10.1023/A:1025470015275


In this paper we describe the nature and problems of business and define one aspect of the business environment. We then propose a framework based on augmented soft systems methodology and object technology that captures both the soft and hard aspects of a business environment within the context of organisational culture. We also briefly discuss cognitive informatics and its relevance to understanding problems and solutions. Pólya's work, which is based around solving mathematical problems, is considered within the context of information systems development. We propose a generic reusable business object model based on general systems theory. We also show how these approaches can be integrated to provide a strategy for understanding business problems and developing integrated solutions.

cognitive informaticsgeneral systems theoryinformation systemsknowledge representationobject modellingsoft systems thinking

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dilip Patel
    • 1
  • Shushma Patel
    • 1
  1. 1.South Bank UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom