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Dealing with Complexity: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science

Flood, Robert L.

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ISBN 10: 030642715X / ISBN 13: 9780306427152
Published by Plenum Press, New York, 1988
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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289 pages. Hardcover no dust jacket. Previous owner's pencil markings and light highlighting. Bumped corners, light edgewear, good inside. Record # 469210. Bookseller Inventory # 469210

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Title: Dealing with Complexity: An Introduction to ...

Publisher: Plenum Press, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Edition: 1st Edition

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With technological advance, the difficulties faced by decision makers and researchers become even more complex and hence more difficult to understand and manage. Traditional approaches have their limitations, particularly when dealing with issues that span many fields of endeavor. Fortunately there has emerged, particularly over the past four decades, the discipline of systems science, which provides a framework for dealing with such complexity. This book gives an account of the underlying theory of systems science and illustrates its applicability to a range of "real-world" problems. To gain an understanding of systems science and what motivates the systems scientist requires at least a reasonable degree ofliteracy and numeracy, a consequence of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. The numerate content of this book, however, is almost entirely confined to Chapters 8 and 9. As a result, those who class themselves as nonnumerate are not continually confronted by equations that would, in some cases, prevent satisfactory comple­ tion of the text. Nevertheless, it has not been possible to exclude totally all aspects of numerate thinking from the remaining chapters. It would be useful, therefore, for those who class themselves as nonnumerate to read initially the section of Chapter 8 entitled "Using Letters Instead of Numbers. " This provides sufficient material to enable the nonnumerate reader to deal with the small amount of quantitative material outside Chapters 8 and 9.

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The First Edition of Dealing with Complexity has gratified us tremendously by its sales and adoption in many courses throughout the English-speaking world. The aim of producing this Second Edition is to develop a volume to be established firmly as the introduction to systems science that will take us into the next millennium. A number of significant changes have been made in updating the book to take into account the following; new developments in systems thinking, our experience of using the text to teach hundreds of undergraduate and masters students, feedback from business and management, and some suggestions from book reviews.

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