PROLEGOMENA TO A MULTIDIMENSIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR DESCRIBING THE VARIETY OF SYSTEMS METHODOLOGY AND DESIGN.

Charles W N Thompson*

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Abstract

Descriptive and normative approaches to defining the bounds of systems methodology and design provide a variety of frameworks for use in identifying and distinguishing systems from nonsystems inquiries. It is proposed that these approaches can be characterized not only by reference to the problem presented, i. e. , a system problem which is unstructured, multidisciplinary, etc. , but also by descriptive or normative assertions about the methods to be used, including methods that may also be applicable to problems in general. It is proposed that a set of dimensions (ordinal scales) can provide a framework for presenting both the descriptive and normative bounds of most, if not all, approaches to characterizing systems. As such, the dimensional description would be useful in examining different approaches and in communicating or describing the differences or similarities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages443-449
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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