Systems practice

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 277–288 | Cite as

Archetypes of systems design

  • Gordon Rowland


“Systems design” represents a worldview composed of at least three philosophical layers: ontological beliefs, epistemological assumptions, and methodological choices. An archetype is a root metaphor that crosses these layers and captures a worldview. Three archetypes thought to have good potential for communicating and triggering inquiry into the nature of the systems design worldview are described.

Key words

systems design archetype epistemology methodology worldview 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Rowland
    • 1
  1. 1.Corporate Communication DepartmentIthaca CollegeIthaca

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