Wisdom, Knowledge, and Management

A Critique and Analysis of Churchman’s Systems Approach

  • John P. van Gigch

Part of the C.West Churchman and Related Works Series book series (CWCL, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Wisdom, Knowledge and Management

  3. Skepticism, Truth, Certitude and Wicked Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Bausch K.
      Pages 47-79
    3. Matthews D.
      Pages 105-137
  4. Setting the Tone: The Importance of Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Van Gigch J., Koenigsberg E., Dean B.
      Pages 141-160
    3. Beer S.
      Pages 169-180
  5. Entrepreneurship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Parra Luna F.
      Pages 205-224
  6. New Paradigms: Applications of the Science of Management to Governance and Managerial Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Mcintyre-Mills J.
      Pages 227-268
    3. Hammond D.
      Pages 269-278
    4. Christakis A. N.
      Pages 279-301
  7. The Use of New Metaphors to Refocus the Managerial Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Yu J. E.
      Pages 305-329
    3. Mcintyre-Mills J., Van Gigch J.
      Pages 347-349
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 351-367

About this book


In Wisdom, Knowledge, and Management, the 2nd volume of the series: Churchman’s Legacy and Related Works, the editors draw contributions from leading systems thinkers inspired by the works of C West Churchman.

The Systems Approach and Its Enemies (C. West Churchman, 1979) is one of Churchman’s most significant works. In this particular writing he displayed two main tendencies, that he was a Skeptic and that he showed Socratic Wisdom. In Wisdom, Knowledge, and Management, the editors seeks to follow up on these two themes and reveal how modern authors interpret Churchman’s ideas, apply them to their own line of thinking and develop their own brand of Systemics.

Several authors re-interpret Churchman’s thinking and several others apply this holistic discourse to practical applications. It is very significant that the authors are a very cosmopolitan group: hailing from Sweden, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Argentina and USA. Interestingly, the contribution from the South Korean author, Yu Jae E, applies conceptual tools from the French contemporary writer, Deleuze. Additionally, Darek M. Eriksson’s chapter applies the epistemology of Jean-Louis Le Moigne.

Finally, we would like to note that one theme of this volume is to relate modern authors, and in particular Churchman, to ideas spawned two thousands years ago among the Ancient Greeks.

This effort should show the reach of Churchman’s intellectual power and demonstrates cross-fertilization across borders and continents. It could not have happened without the Internet.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John P. van Gigch
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversitySacramentoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-35389-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-36506-0
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