Systemic Decision Making

Fundamentals for Addressing Problems and Messes

  • Patrick T. Hester
  • Kevin MacG. Adams

Part of the Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality book series (TSRQ, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. A Frame of Reference for Systemic Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 3-16
    3. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 17-34
    4. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 35-54
    5. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 55-99
    6. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 101-125
  3. Thinking Systemically

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-129
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 131-156
    3. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 157-172
    4. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 173-206
    5. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 207-230
    6. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 231-252
    7. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 253-274
  4. Acting Systemically

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 277-281
    3. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 283-302
    4. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 303-314
  5. Observing Systemically

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 317-333

About this book

Introduction

This expanded second edition of the 2014 textbook features dedicated sections on action and observation, so that the reader can combine the use of the developed theoretical basis with practical guidelines for deployment. It also includes a focus on selection and use of a dedicated modeling paradigm – fuzzy cognitive mapping – to facilitate use of the proposed multi-methodology. The end goal of the text is a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to structuring and assessing complex problems, including a dedicated discussion of thinking, acting, and observing complex problems. The multi-methodology developed is scientifically grounded in systems theory and its accompanying principles, while the process emphasizes the nonlinear nature of all complex problem-solving endeavors. The authors’ clear and consistent chapter structure facilitates the book’s use in the classroom.

Keywords

Complex Systems Textbook Systems Engineering Engineering Management Problem Structuring Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping Industrial Engineering Systemic Approach Systemic Thinking Wicked Problems

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick T. Hester
    • 1
  • Kevin MacG. Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Engineering Management and Systems EngineeringOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Information Technology and Computer ScienceUniversity of Maryland University CollegeAdelphiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54672-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54671-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54672-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0443
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0285
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