Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age

  • Gillian Ragsdell
  • Daune West
  • Jennifer Wilby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Systems Theory

  3. Systems Practice

  4. Knowledge Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Susan Byrne, David Todd, Barbara Simpson, Christine Woods, Rainer Seidel
      Pages 115-122
    3. Larry Churchman, Chris Royce
      Pages 123-130
    4. Malcolm Crowe
      Pages 131-138
    5. Stig C. Holmberg
      Pages 147-154
    6. James G. Howell
      Pages 155-162
    7. M. Yolles
      Pages 193-200
  5. Environmental Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Hasnawaty Habibie, N. Sriskandarajah, R. G. Packham
      Pages 203-210
  6. Critical Systems Thinking

  7. Social Systems Design

  8. Business

  9. Information Systems

About this book


Welcome to the proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of the UK Systems Society being held at York University, United Kingdom from July 7th to 10th, 2002. It is a pleasure to be able to share with you this collection ofpapers that have been contributed by systems thinkers from around the world. As with previous UKSS conferences, the aim ofthis conference is to encourage debate and promote development of pertinent issues in systems theory and practice. In current times where the focus has moved from 'information' to 'knowledge' and where 'knowledge management', of everyday speak, it seemed fitting to 'knowledge assets' and so on, have become part offer a conference title of'Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age'. In keeping with another tradition of previous conferences, the UKSS Conference 2002 Committee decided to compile a collection ofdelegates' papers before the event as a platform from which to launch discussions in York. Ideas presented in the following papers will, undoubtedly, be developed during the dialogue generated at the conference and new papers will emerge. In his abstract for his plenary at this conference, Professor Peter Checkland throws down the gauntlet to systems thinking and its relevance in the knowledge age with the following statement: "30 Years In The Systems Movement: Disappointments I Have Known and Hopes/or the Future Springing from a lunchtime conversation at an American University, the Systems Movement is now nearly 50 years old.


Alignment Analysis Change Hardware communication complexity computer cybernetics knowledge management linear optimization management organization project management system systems theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Gillian Ragsdell
    • 1
  • Daune West
    • 1
  • Jennifer Wilby
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PaisleyPaisleyScotland
  2. 2.University of YorkYorkEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5152-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0601-0
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