Mapping the Stages of the Development of Management Sciences Methodologies in the UK: From Single Solving Methods to Multimethodology

  • Alberto Páucar-Cáceres


In this paper, we shall trace the development in the UK of some of the main Management Sciences Methodologies (MSM) since the 1940s to the present time. Checkland’s first map of the systems movement showing the influences of the different methodologies is briefly described and a framework containing two dimensions: (a) time; and (b) development of paradigms in management sciences is then introduced and four stages/groups of methods/methodologies are identified: (i) problem-solving methods (1940–1960); (ii) improving-situation methodologies (1970–80); (iii) intervention-empowering emancipatory systems methodologies (1980–90); and (iv) multi-methodological and pluralism systems practice (1990-). The main features of a sample of these methodologies are outlined. Conclusions from the grouping proposed are drawn.


System Movement System Methodology Soft System Methodology Viable System Model Critical System Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Páucar-Cáceres
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  1. 1.The Business School Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterEngland

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