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Werner Ulrich

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Werner Ulrich is a pioneer of a critical approach to systems thinking. Most importantly, he has developed a highly useful method for applying this approach, Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH). He has carried out his work in both academia and in government, and applied his ideas to issues as diverse as public planning, evaluation, reflective practice, the concept of citizenship and civil society, and environmental discourse. While acknowledging a “personal bias towards a more philosophically based, critical kind of systems thinking” (Ulrich W. Can nature teach us good research practice? A critical look at Frederic Vester’s Bio-Cybernetic Systems Approach. J Res Pract 1(1), article R2. http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/1/1. Accessed 13 Jan 2009, 2005a, p. 8), his work is deeply practical. His goal may perhaps be summed up by the title of one of his articles: “systems thinking as if people mattered” (Ulrich W. Systems thinking as if people mattered: critical systems thinking for citizens and managers. Working paper 23. Lincoln School of Management, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 1998).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing & CommunicationsThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Formerly at The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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