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Systems Approaches and Their Application: Examples from Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
2004 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Within a conceptual framework that is developed in the two first chapters, the actual application of systems thinking is described across a broad field of cases representing research, teaching, decision support and construction. All cases are presented by experts who have actually been involved in the activities they describe. Thus, the broad selection of cases captures the great variation of systems thinking and how it is integrated into models and theories and solid knowledge pertaining to different substantive areas. At the same time all case study authors address the same set of questions that are developed in the conceptual chapters. This gives comparability across cases - chapters - and brings cohesion to the book. The focus on Sweden, an advanced country in systems thinking, reinforces the unitary context in which comparison can be made between a systems approach for better research (theory), better practice and better design and construction.

Most recent literature on systems thinking has a general (often philosophical) perspective, concerns computer systems or focuses on one highly specific problem. A special feature of this book is that, while it concerns a single nation, it simultaneously contains a broad overview of systems analysis in a number of important issue areas, for research as well as practice, against a penetrating background description of what systems analysis is, how it functions, what problems it represents and what results it may produce.

The book is intended for a broad readership and can be appreciated by experts on systems thinking and analysis as well as by students, teachers, researchers, planners and policy makers who want to learn more about this topic. The book should be useful in university teaching in several disciplines.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kluwer International Publishers , 2004. , 340 p.
Keyword [en]
Mathematics, Systems Theory, Control, Theory of Computation, Atmospheric Protection/Air Quality Control/Air Pollution, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science
Research subject
Mathematics; Statistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7085DOI: 10.1007/1-4020-2370-7ISBN: 978-1-4020-2369-9ISBN: 978-1-4020-2370-5OAI: diva2:146756
Centrum för regionalvetenskap (CERUM), 90187, Umeå
For title page, table of contents, preface, editors' preface, and introduction, see from: 2008-01-05 Created: 2008-01-05 Last updated: 2009-07-21Bibliographically approved

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