Systems Methodology in Social Science Research

Recent Developments

  • Roger Cavallo

Part of the Frontiers in Systems Research book series (FRSR, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Foundations

  3. General Methodological Approaches: The Theory/Data Interface in Social Systems Investigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-44
    2. Roger Cavallo, Eduard Ziegenhagen
      Pages 75-93
  4. Systems-Based Tools for Social Science Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-112
    2. Stein Bråten, Eivind Jahren, Arild Jansen
      Pages 113-141
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-194

About this book


From the beginning, the systems research movement has shown a high potential for offering a conceptual framework for the understanding of social systems. Much of this potential has been realized, but a major gap remains with regard to operational investigative aids. Developments of the last ten years with a method­ ological orientation and emphasis seem finally to be filling this gap. The purpose of this book is to describe the most advanced of these developments and to make them available to a wider audience. The emphasis is on developments that are primarily oriented toward interaction with expertise in the social sciences and that thus hold the most promise for social systems investigation. In particu­ lar, attempts have been made to provide substantiation and illustration of three main points: (1) the common motivation and essential integrability that systems research provides for developments and considerations along a very broad spec­ trum of interests; (2) the very diverse nature of the types and forms of considera­ tions that may be meaningfully integrated; and (3) the operational and usable nature that developments in systems methodology represent for research in the social sciences. The book is divided into three parts with a generally increasing degree of specificity. The first part (Chapters 1, 2, and 3) deals with foundational issues associated with modeling and methodology as areas worthy of study in their ix X PREFACE own right.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roger Cavallo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesState University of New York, College of TechnologyUticaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5808-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3204-8
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