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On Purposeful Systems

Ackoff, Russell L. and Emery, Fred E.

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ISBN 10: 0202370003 / ISBN 13: 9780202370002
Editorial: Aldine-Atherton, Chicago, 1972
Condición: Near fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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1972 work by Ackoff and Emery about purposeful systems, which focused on the question how systems thinking relates to human behaviour. According to Ackoff, the beginning of the end of the Machine Age and the beginning of the Systems Age could be dated to the 1940s, a decade when philosophers, mathematicians and biologists, building on developments in the interwar period, defined a new intellectual framework. Very clean with unclipped dust-jaket. Size: 6.25" x 9.5" 0.0. N° de ref. de la librería 267781

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Título: On Purposeful Systems

Editorial: Aldine-Atherton, Chicago

Año de publicación: 1972

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: very good

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This book provides an innovative foundation for looking at human and social behavior u as a system of purposeful (teleological) events. It uses a systems theoretical approach for the study of these phenomena, and illustrates and extends general systems theory.

Part One develops the concepts of traditional mechanism from which, successively, the concepts of "function," "choice," "goal-seeking," and "purposefulness" are derived, leading to a quantitative formulation of "personality". Part Two provides an analysis of aspects of purposeful behavior and personality, and Part Three explores the interaction of purposeful systems. Part Four is concerned with the study of social groups and ideal-seeking behavior. Finally, structural concepts underpinning the theoretical system are redefined in technological terms, thus demonstrating the non-vicious circularity and interdependence of all scientific concepts.

About the Author:

Russell L. Ackoff is chairman of the board of the Institute for Interactive Management. Since 1986 he has been the Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Anheuser-Busch Visiting Professor of Marketing, Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis. He was former chairman of the Social Systems Science Department and the Busch Center, which specializes in systems planning, research, and design. Dr. Ackoff is the author and co-author of nineteen books. 



Fred E. Emery was Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra. Previously he was chairman of the Human Resources Centre at the Tavistock Institute, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. 



Brent D. Ruben is executive director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of many books in the areas of communication and information systems, higher education and organization development, and intercultural communication, including Communication and Human Behavior; Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education: Eight Fundamental Principles;and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Communication.

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