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Author Ramage, Magnus, 1970-

Title Systems thinkers / Magnus Ramage, Karen Shipp
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 316 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Gregory Bateson -- Norbert Wiener -- Warren McCulloch -- Margaret Mead -- W. Ross Ashby -- Ludwig von Bertalanffy -- Kenneth Boulding -- Geoffrey Vickers -- Howard Odum -- Jay Forrester -- Donella Meadows -- Peter Senge -- C. West Churchman -- Russell Ackoff -- Peter Checkland -- Werner Ulrich -- Michael Jackson -- Heinz von Foerster -- Stafford Beer -- Humberto Maturana -- Niklas Luhmann -- Paul Watzlawick -- Ilya Prigogine -- Stuart Kauffman -- James Lovelock -- Kurt Lewin -- Eric Trist -- Chris Argyris -- Donald Schön -- Mary Catherine Bateson -- Afterword
Summary Systems Thinkers presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers. It discusses each thinker's key contributions, the way this contribution was expressed in practice and the relationship between their life and ideas. This discussion is supported by an extract from the thinker's own writing, to give a flavour of their work and to give readers a sense of which thinkers are most relevant to their own interests. Systems thinking is necessarily interdisciplinary, so that the thinkers selected come from a wide range of areas - biology, management, physiology, anthropology, chemistry, public policy, sociology and environmental studies among others. Some are core innovators in systems ideas; some have been primarily practitioners who also advanced and popularised systems ideas; others are well-known figures who drew heavily upon systems thinking although it was not their primary discipline. A significant aim of the book is to broaden and deepen the reader's interest in systems writers, providing an appetising 'taster' for each of the 30 thinkers, so that the reader is encouraged to go on to study the published works of the thinkers themselves
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject System theory.
Information theory.
Form Electronic book
Author Shipp, Karen.
ISBN 9781848825253 (e-isbn)
1848825250 (e-isbn)