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Critical Theory, Carl Jung, and Symbo-Construction in Soft Systems Rich Pictures

A Seminar for Reflective Practitioners
  • Mark Campbell Williams

Abstract

SSM uses a technique of drawing pictorial metaphors termed ‘rich pictures’, to serve as aids in investigating ‘ill-defined, real-world’ problems (Hicks, 1994; Standing and Campbell Williams, 1993). Rich pictures often incorporate symbols or cartoon-like representations to point to key factors in the systems under investigation and to give a sense of the richness which seems to occur in most human situations. As I reported in an earlier paper (Campbell Williams, 1995b), I extend the idea of rich pictures to give pictorial metaphors. Although all metaphors have their limitations and can be confusing, I consider that they help me to convey the rich allusiveness, symbolism and sense of complexity in many human situations.

Keywords

Critical Theory Open Discourse Instrumental Rationality Human Situation Rich Picture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Campbell Williams
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  1. 1.Business Faculty, Management Information Systems SchoolEdith Cowan UniversityAustralia

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