Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 733–755 | Cite as

An Idea Ahead of Its Time: The History and Development of Soft Systems Methodology

  • John Mingers


This paper, part of the Festschrift for Peter Checkland, provides an outline of the history and development of soft systems methodology. It includes a personal reflection on my experiences of SSM, as well as a more objective evaluation of its achievements and limitations.

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  • John Mingers
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  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolWarwick UniversityCoventryUK

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