Systemic Intervention

Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice

  • Gerald Midgley

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Systems Thinking for the 21st Century

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  3. Philosophy

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  4. Methodology

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  5. Practice

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 403-447

About this book


This book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st Century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. A pluralist practice is also promoted, and the reader learns how s/he can draw upon a wide variety of theories and methods to maximise flexibility and responsiveness during interventions. Four detailed examples of the practice of systemic intervention are also provided, each of which is used to illustrate a different aspect of the methodology outlined in the book.


evaluation operational research philosophy social change

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerald Midgley
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  1. 1.Centre for Systems Studies, Business SchoolUniversity of HullHullEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6885-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4201-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2846
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