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Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science


Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 1-8
  3. Foundations

  4. Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Pages 133-148
    3. Pages 167-194
  5. Action and Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Pages 257-258
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-312

About this book


Niklas Luhmann communication information system management operational research service-oriented computing social systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

About the authors

John Mingers is Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Canterbury Business School, University of Kent. He is Deputy Director of the business school and Director of Research. He is a past Chair of the UK Systems Society and has been a member of the Council of the OR Society. John Mingers studied Management Sciences for his first degree at Warwick and later completed a Masters in Systems in Management at Lancaster University and a PhD at Warwick. He also worked in industry as a systems analyst and then as an OR analyst.

His research interests include the use of systems methodologies in problem situations - particularly the mixing of different methodologies within an intervention (multimethodology); the application of multimethodology to research methods within information systems; the development of the critical systems approach; autopoiesis (self-producing systems) and its applications; and the nature of knowledge, information and meaning as relevant to information systems. He has published over 80 papers in these areas in journals such as the Information Systems Research, The Sociological Review, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Systems Practice, Management Learning and Organization. He has published the first comprehensive study of autopoiesis - Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis (Plenum, 1995), and has also edited Multimethodology: the Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies (Wiley, 1997, with Tony Gill), Information Systems: an Emerging Discipline? (McGraw Hill, 1997, with Prof. Frank Stowell), and Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Wiley, 2001, with Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead). He is currently editing, with Leslie Willcocks, a book titled Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (Wiley, 2004)

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From the reviews:

"This book provides a thorough evaluation of the philosophy of systems, ending up with an introduction to multimethodology and its application in real situations. … The style of the book is uncompromisingly academic with full referencing … and relevant quotations. … is targeted at the academic community and will serve this audience well, most especially those undertaking research degrees with a heavy bias towards non-physical science areas of interest. … It does provide a good academic foundation for multimethodology applications." (Jane Holland, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 59, 2008)