Systems practice

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 575–587 | Cite as

An open letter to Total Systems Intervention (TSI) and friends: A postmodern remedy to make everybody feel better

  • Stephen Cummings
Research Note


System Intervention Total System Open Letter Total System Intervention 
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  • Stephen Cummings
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  1. 1.Management GroupVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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