Buy Used
£0.55
+ £2.79 delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library books. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image
4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback, 2 Jul 1999
£59.10 £0.01
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Only on Amazon: One product for every need Only on Amazon: New Releases


Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title (2 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750671637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750671637
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,841,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product description

Review

"This is an excellent addition to books written on Systems Thinking. It is practical and timely and can be used by a vast majority of professionals such as engineers, planners and managers. I recommend it very highly to practitioners and academics."
C. J. Khisty, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Synopsis

In a nutshell, this book is about systems. This book is written for those thinkers and practitioners who have come to realize that while the whole is becoming more and more interdependent parts display choice and behave independently, and that paradoxes are the most potent challenge of emergent realities. With a practical orientation and yet a profound theoretical depth, the book offers an operational handle on the whole by introducing an elaborate scheme called iterative design. The iterative design explicitly recognizes that choice is at the heart of human development. Development is the capacity to choose; design is a vehicle for enhancement of choice and holistic thinking. 'Designers', in this book, seek to choose rather than predict the future. They try to understand rational, emotional, and cultural dimensions of choice and to produce a design that satisfies a multitude of functions. They learn how to use what they already know and also about how to learn what they need to know.

The imperative of interdependency, the necessity of reducing endless complexities, and the need to produce manageable simplicities require a different mode of thinking, a holistic frame of reference that would allow us to focus on the relevant issues and avoid the endless search for more details while drowning in proliferating information. While organizations as a whole are becoming more and more interdependent the parts display choice and behave independently. This is the dilemma this book tries to resolve. It is a unique, cutting edge work, with a practical orientation and yet a profound theoretical depth, which goes far beyond what is currently available.


11 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Read reviews that mention

Showing 1-8 of 11 reviews

5 November 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
2 July 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
12 October 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
20 February 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
3 December 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
11 June 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
6 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
12 May 2007
Format: Paperback
4 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
18 May 1999
Format: Paperback
4 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: systems thinking

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?