A Guide to Systems Research

Philosophy, Processes and Practice

  • Mary C. Edson
  • Pamela Buckle Henning
  • Shankar Sankaran

Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. John J. Kineman
    Pages 21-57
  3. Mary C. Edson, Louis Klein
    Pages 59-80
  4. John J. Kineman
    Pages 81-109
  5. Shankar Sankaran
    Pages 111-142
  6. Will Varey
    Pages 143-175
  7. Pamela Buckle Henning
    Pages 177-198
  8. Mary C. Edson, Gary S. Metcalf
    Pages 199-234
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-244

About this book


This guide is designed for systems researchers – emerging and seasoned – searching for holistic approaches of inquiry into complexity, which the Systems Sciences provide. The authors share insight into the foundations of research that are not only systematic in terms of rigor, but systemic in perspective, analysis, design, development, implementation, reporting, and evaluation. This guide also explores researcher competencies necessary to conduct sound systems research. Researchers using this guide will gain understanding of what distinguishes systems research from other types of research and why it is important in research today.


Systems Research Action Research Systems Philosophy Modeling Systems Systems Competencies Systems Science Relational Theory Complex Systems Project Management Systems Framework Problem Structuring Checkland's FMA Model Action Research Cycle Systemic Issues Systems Engineering General Systems Theory Soft Systems Thinking Organizational Behavior Systems Modeling Cybernetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary C. Edson
    • 1
  • Pamela Buckle Henning
    • 2
  • Shankar Sankaran
    • 3
  1. 1.International Federation for Systems ResearchViennaAustria
  2. 2.Adelphi University Garden CityUSA
  3. 3.University of Technology SydneyBroadwayAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0262-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0263-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-8832
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-8840
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