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Social Systems and Learning Systems

  • Authors
  • A. F. G. Hanken
  • H. A. Reuver

Part of the Frontiers in Systems Research book series (FRSR, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Social Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 3-13
    3. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 14-22
    4. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 23-50
    5. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 51-70
    6. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 71-85
    7. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 86-94
    8. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 95-103
    9. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 104-113
    10. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 114-125
    11. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 126-139
    12. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 140-151
    13. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 152-161
    14. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 162-171
    15. Back Matter
      Pages 172-187
  3. Learning Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 191-204
    3. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 205-210
    4. A. F. G. Hanken, H. A. Reuver
      Pages 211-225
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 226-228
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 229-246

About this book

Introduction

In today's social and behavioral sciences, the complexity of many problems requires the development of a number of highly specialized disciplines. However, the cost of such development is the obscuring of the relationships between these disciplines. This dilemma calls for a "mixed strategy" that combines the advantages of specialization with those of a unified viewpoint. The purpose of this book is to provide the connective tissue that is needed to obtain an overall view. The principles of general system theory naturally lead to a framework that includes many known models and content areas; our intention is to strike a balance between generality and plain usefulness. The first part of this book introduces a social system as a network of inter­ acting decision makers. This general framework allows a classification of a num­ ber of more specific structures, which include autocratic and democratic systems, systems with collective and individual decision making, and systems with and without coalitions. In the second part, various psychological schools are seen as specific instances of a general paradigm, which is consequently a point of departure for a taxon­ omy of learning systems. For a full understanding of this matter, we recommend a careful study of the first four chapters as an introduction to the concepts elaborated in the second part of the book. ix PREFACE x Though the subject matter has a formal background, it does not require a mathematical knowledge in depth; familiarity with elementary probability theory and linear algebra is enough.

Keywords

cognition communication game theory system systems theory

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8132-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8134-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8132-4
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