An integrated frame-of-reference for modelling management systems

Sice, Petia, French, Ian and Mosekilde, Erik (2006) An integrated frame-of-reference for modelling management systems. Human Systems Management, 25 (4). pp. 247-254. ISSN 0167-2533

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Abstract

The application of any modelling method without reflection on the underpinning assumptions is flawed. What is more, such an approach is bound to lead us to an incomplete understanding of the situation under consideration, since it places "restrictions" on the ways we question the validity of the knowledge unearthed in the application of the method. Thus, creative interpretation becomes limited. The paper considers this problem. It draws on insights from cognitive science, autopoiesis, management cybernetics and non-linear dynamics and outlines a philosophical frame-of-reference for modelling management systems. It emphasises the importance of epistemological reflection and the need to consider modelling as a cognitive act that requires the inclusion of the observer as part of the inquiry and the development and use of a systemic language within the situation of concern.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autopoiesis; Chaos theory; Cybernetics; Modelling of social systems; Self-organisation; Systems thinking
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 13:28
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20057

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