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5.0 out of 5 stars very happy with this book
Delighted with the book, excellent condition, and seems to have all the information to help me study for an exam, looking foward to reading the entire book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Little of Substance
Soft Systems Methodology, as described in this book, addresses projects where the outcome is undefined. There is a desire to improve things but how and what have not been specified. There is a framework for identifying key factors in the problem area and then a series of case studies, in the management arena.

I have tried to read this several times but found it...
Published on 30 July 2009 by Mike Stephens


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5.0 out of 5 stars very happy with this book, 26 May 2014
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Delighted with the book, excellent condition, and seems to have all the information to help me study for an exam, looking foward to reading the entire book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of 'Soft Systems Methodology' by Checkland and Scholes, 6 Dec 2009
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Abiye Irisominabo (Coventry, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Soft Systems Methodology: a 30-year retrospection (Business) (Paperback)
Having read this book, I must say that it serves its purpose to a very great degree. If you are looking for a book that gives expression to the subject of Soft Systems, this book will serve you well. The idea of including A 30 year retrospective is just great. It gives a fresh reader some perspective before going into the main section of the book. It gets very detailed and technical at times and one could get lost in the maze of details. That aside, it makes great reading and is ideal for research and other similar type work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Little of Substance, 30 July 2009
Soft Systems Methodology, as described in this book, addresses projects where the outcome is undefined. There is a desire to improve things but how and what have not been specified. There is a framework for identifying key factors in the problem area and then a series of case studies, in the management arena.

I have tried to read this several times but found it impossible to identify anything tangible. The case studies could only be more boring if you had actually had to participate in them, and the theoretical discussions just seem extremely waffley. It also features lots of ugly hand-drawn diagrams so common in books of this era.

Go for a later book but check whether this idea has got more crisp and exciting first.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Print Quality, 19 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Soft Systems Methodology: a 30-year retrospection (Business) (Paperback)
This review relates to the quality of the book rather than the quality of the contents. In a word, shocking. There are huge chunks that appear to have just been photocopies out of previous editions. These appear as quote blocks mis-aligned with the rest of the page and with dark grey backgrounds. Not sure whether they are meant to be reflective sections but they don't sit at all well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Systems Methodology a must for management consultants, 11 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Soft Systems Methodology: a 30-year retrospection (Business) (Paperback)
An excellent book. detailing must have skills for all strategy consultants. If you dont know soft systems you can't be a very good strategic consultant. SSM promotes the handling of complex non linear chaotic and confused situations SSM gives consultants a tool box which enables them to handle the hardest and most inpenetrable of problems and promotes shared learning and real vision building. Buy it Read it Live it Coin it!!
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