Systems Thinking and Associated Methodologies
Professor Bill Hutchinson
Systems Thinking and Associated Methodologies gives an overview of contemporary systems thinking. The book is designed as an introductory text for courses in systems thinking for students and professionals across a wide range of disciplines and provides a quick and easy reference about contemporary systems methodologies
The book introduces the idea of systems thinking and describes the history and development of methodologies used to find system problem solutions.
It provides a conceptual framework that places each methodology in terms of the problem type that it is most suited to and its relevance to ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ systems analysis.
Detailed overviews are given of the developing area of critical systems thinking, Flood and Jackson’s total systems intervention, Ulrich’s critical system heuristics, Checkland's soft systems, Beer's organisational cybernetics and Forrester's system dynamics.
Dr. Bill Hutchinson is IBM Professor at the Security Research Centre at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia where he specialises in systems and security. He obtained his doctorate in systems at Murdoch University. Bill has a Masters degree in natural resource management, a diploma in corporate management, and undergraduate degrees in systems/computing, and biology/education. His interests are security systems, environmental management systems, risk management, database design and systems failures. He has worked in the finance and oil industries, as well as government, where he has used systems methodologies to implement change.