publication . Article . 2003

Soft systems methodology: other voices

Sue Holwell;
Open Access
  • Published: 06 Nov 2003 Journal: Systemic Practice and Action Research, volume 13, pages 773-797 (issn: 1094-429X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
This issue of Systemic Practice and Action Research, celebrating the work of Peter Checkland, in the particular nature and development of soft systems methodology (SSM), would not have happened unless the work was seen by others as being important. No significant contribution to thinking happens without a secondary literature developing. Not surprisingly, many commentaries have accompanied the ongoing development of SSM. Some of these are insightful, some full of errors, and some include both insight and absurdity. Checkland (1999, p. A42) opines, in the recently published 30-year retrospective, that "SSM has been ill-served by its commentators." Scrutiny of the...
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free text keywords: Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, Scrutiny, Soft systems methodology, Epistemology, Action research, Engineering, business.industry, business, Absurdity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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