Show simple item record Dias, WPS 2014-06-26T15:38:40Z 2014-06-26T15:38:40Z 2014-06-26
dc.identifier.issn 1028-6608 en_US
dc.description.abstract It is argued that systems approaches from even different backgrounds can nevertheless end up with similar features, promoting the idea that such approaches are grounded in reality, as science is taken to be. The systems approaches of Peter Checkland and David Blockley, from management and engineering backgrounds, respectively, are explored with a view to highlighting similarities and differences. This is done by looking at summaries of their approaches and examples of their use. Both Checkland's and Blockley's approaches have a set of common features such as layers; purpose; top-level outcome; attributes such as what, how and why; measures; uncertainty and conversation. Such similarities prompt us to see systems approaches as being objective rather than relativistic. The differences in their overall approaches reflect the hierarchically structured nature of reality that requires hierarchically ordered approaches to deal with it. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.source.uri en_US
dc.title Comparing the systems approaches of Checkland and Blockley en_US
dc.type Article-Full-text en_US
dc.identifier.year 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.journal Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems en_US
dc.identifier.issue 3-4 en_US
dc.identifier.volume 30 en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos pp. 221- 230 en_US en_US

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