Systems practice

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 29–45 | Cite as

The interplay of theory and practice in the ongoing development of soft systems thinking: An illustration and case study from sports management

  • Paul Ledington


Soft systems thinking is explored from the perspective of the interplay of systems theory and systems practice. The paper explores the interplay at a microlevel through the description and analysis of a case study. The paper illustrates that there are both technical and social dimensions to systems practice as well as an ongoing interplay of thinking (about the project) and action (in the situation). Indeed there is need to regard systems practice as a complex “sociotechnical” process and to use methodological frameworks as a basis for analyzing practice. This process of analysis is illustrated.

Key words

soft systems methodology information systems methodology sport intervention human activity system 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ledington
    • 1
  1. 1.The Management SchoolThe University of LancasterBailriggEngland

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