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Modern Academic Myths

  • Joyce Fortune
  • John Hughes

Abstract

A set of basic assumptions appears to underlie much current research and teaching using systems thinking. But although these assumptions are frequently deployed to support theories, arguments and debate, it is difficult to detect or establish the empirical evidence or observations that justify them. This lack of evidence is worrying. As Burrell and Morgan (1979) point out, ‘In order to understand alternative points of view it is important that a theorist be fully aware of the assumptions upon which his own perspective is based.’

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Critical Issue System Thinking Alternative Technology Problem Context World Commission 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyce Fortune
    • 1
  • John Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.The Systems Department, Faculty of TechnologyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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