Beyond Functional Decomposition in Soft Systems Methodology

  • J. Ledington
  • P. W. J. Ledington


The emergence and development of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) is well known (Checkland, 1981; Checkland and Scholes, 1990) and has produced a continuing strand of research activity (see for example: Avison and Wood-Harper, 1990; Davies and Ledington, 1991; Lewis, 1994; Stowell, 1995; Wilson, 1984; Wood-Harper, Antill, and Avison, 1985). The research reported in this paper contributes to the research stream by focussing on issues arising in the modelling process within SSM and presents a new approach, termed Decision-Variable Partitioning, to this area of SSM.


Decision Variable World View Primary Transformation Soft System Methodology Functional Decomposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ledington
    • 1
  • P. W. J. Ledington
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Systems and Management ScienceGriffith UniversityAustralia

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