Systems Concepts in Action

The book is the first to cover in detail such a wide range of methods from so many different parts of the systems field. The book's Introduction gives an overview of systems thinking, its origins, and its major subfields.

Systems Concepts in Action

Author: Bob Williams

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804776555

Page: 336

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Systems Concepts in Action: A Practitioner's Toolkit explores the application of systems ideas to investigate, evaluate, and intervene in complex and messy situations. The text serves as a field guide, with each chapter representing a method for describing and analyzing; learning about; or changing and managing a challenge or set of problems. The book is the first to cover in detail such a wide range of methods from so many different parts of the systems field. The book's Introduction gives an overview of systems thinking, its origins, and its major subfields. In addition, the introductory text to each of the book's three parts provides background information on the selected methods. Systems Concepts in Action may serve as a workbook, offering a selection of tools that readers can use immediately. The approaches presented can also be investigated more profoundly, using the recommended readings provided. While these methods are not intended to serve as "recipes," they do serve as a menu of options from which to choose. Readers are invited to combine these instruments in a creative manner in order to assemble a mix that is appropriate for their own strategic needs.

Concepts in Action

In line with the programme outlined in the introductory chapter, Sohlberg pays
special attention to norms as heuristic devices for understanding action and
actors' patterns from the outside and to norm reasoning from a systems

Concepts in Action


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004314202

Page: 344

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Concepts in Action focuses on what to do with theoretical concepts, rather than providing conveyed definitions. The book covers a variety of examples what to do, how to think, in order to develop and use concepts in the social sciences.

Systems Theory in Action

This innovative book explores systems theory as an effective model for general mental health practice.

Systems Theory in Action

Author: Shelly Smith-Acuña

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470910224

Page: 192

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"Smith-Acuña illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationship between parts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularly important in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuña's grace as a systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper into the nuances among the theories, the next moment she's simplifying without dumbing down, but in a manner that is enormously liberating. We enjoy the fun, full, and informed journey with her." —Frank S. Pittman III, MD A practical presentation of systems theory as a fundamental model for clinical practice Valuable for seasoned mental health professionals as well as those in training, Systems Theory in Action presents systems theory—the unifying principles surrounding the organization and functioning of systems—as it applies to individual, couples, and family therapy. This innovative book explores systems theory as an effective model for general mental health practice. It examines the role systems theory can play, specifically in understanding clients' presenting problems in context, within the various systems and subsystems in which the problems are embedded. Filled with realistic clinical stories illustrating relevant concepts that tie theory to technique, Systems Theory in Action takes an in-depth look at: Systems theory as a solid guide through the dynamic process of psychotherapy The multilayered value of observing human interactions through a systems view Systemic thinking, its core components, and how it serves to reveal a "big picture" view of clients and their presenting problems Systems Theory in Action is a unique contribution to the field, translating the technical terminology of general systems thinking into common, everyday language.

Systems Theory for Pragmatic Schooling Toward Principles of Democratic Education

The concept of nature: Tarner lectures delivered in Trinity college, November,
1919. Cambridge, UK: The University Press. Wiener, N. ... Systems concepts in
action: A practitioner's toolkit. Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books. Zhao, G.

Systems Theory for Pragmatic Schooling  Toward Principles of Democratic Education

Author: C. Cunningham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137449322

Page: 142

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Writing for educators and education leaders, Cunningham shows that combining a philosophy of pragmatism with thinking about education as systems can illuminate challenges in contemporary schooling and provide practical solutions for creating a democratic education.

Practical Strategies for Academic Library Managers Leading with Vision Through All Levels

Systems Thinking Bob Williams and Richard Hummelbrunner. 2010. Systems
Concepts in Action: A Practitioner's Toolkit. Redwood City: Stanford University
Press. C. West Churchman. 1968. The Systems Approach. New York: Dell Pub.

Practical Strategies for Academic Library Managers  Leading with Vision Through All Levels

Author: Frances C. Wilkinson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610698908

Page: 168

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Looking for tips on how to work towards your overall vision while remaining productive on the frontlines? The book gives you fresh ideas for balancing your managerial duties with day-to-day responsibilities in the academic library. • Presents the first approach to managing, leading, and practicing simultaneously • Incorporates chapters written by 10 different experts from organizations across the country • Addresses the need for professionals with expanding management roles to engage higher administration • Includes a foreword written by a former ALA president

Intelligent Systems Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

The author's research framework and practice of interdisciplinary narratology and
narrative generation systems will primarily be ... A “function,” which is a central
concept in the theory, means “an action of a character seen from the result.

Intelligent Systems  Concepts  Methodologies  Tools  and Applications

Author: Management Association, Information Resources

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522556443

Page: 2351

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Ongoing advancements in modern technology have led to significant developments in intelligent systems. With the numerous applications available, it becomes imperative to conduct research and make further progress in this field. Intelligent Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications contains a compendium of the latest academic material on the latest breakthroughs and recent progress in intelligent systems. Including innovative studies on information retrieval, artificial intelligence, and software engineering, this multi-volume book is an ideal source for researchers, professionals, academics, upper-level students, and practitioners interested in emerging perspectives in the field of intelligent systems.

Key Concepts in Geography

Burrough , P.A. and McDonnell , R.A. ( 1998 ) Principles of Geographical
Information Systems ( 2nd edn ) . Oxford : Clarendon Press . Centre for Ecology ...
Farina , A. ( 2000 ) Landscape Ecology in Action . Dordrecht : Elsevier . Forman ,
R.T.T. ...

Key Concepts in Geography

Author: Sarah Holloway

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761973898

Page: 342

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Defining the key terms that inform the language of geography and define the geographical imagination: space, time, place, scale, landscape, this volume provides definitions of terms from both human and physical geography.

Evolutionary Concepts in End User Productivity and Performance Applications for Organizational Progress

Information systems implementation: Testing a structural model. Norwood, NJ,
Ablex. Keil ... Developing a knowledge management systems step by step. ...
User acceptance of expert systems: A test of the theory of reasoned action.
Journal of ...

Evolutionary Concepts in End User Productivity and Performance  Applications for Organizational Progress

Author: Clarke, Steve

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1605661376

Page: 386

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"This book aims to represent some of the most current investigations into a wide range of end-user computing issues, enhancing understanding of recent developments"--Provided by publisher.

Key Concepts in Sociology

In sociology cybernetics has been used in systems theories. See also Luhmann,
N.; Social system. McClelland, K.A. and Fararo, T.J., (eds) (2006), Purpose,
Meaning and Action: Control Systems Theories in Sociology, Palgrave Macmillan
, ...

Key Concepts in Sociology

Author: Ken Roberts

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113706644X

Page: 360

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Complementing the student's primary reading, Key Concepts in Sociology presents a comprehensive glossary of the key terms, concepts and figures that dominate the sociological landscape. Organized alphabetically and cross-referenced for ease of use and accessibility, the book also provides suggestions for further reading to consolidate learning.

Mechatronics in Action

As someone who personally became involved with mechatronics as the concept
was itself developing, it was unclear as to where the division lay between the two
disciplines of systems and mechatronics. The passage of time did little to ...

Mechatronics in Action

Author: David Bradley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781849960809

Page: 263

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Mechatronics in Action’s case-study approach provides the most effective means of illustrating how mechatronics can make products and systems more flexible, more responsive and possess higher levels of functionality than would otherwise be possible. The series of case studies serves to illustrate how a mechatronic approach has been used to achieve enhanced performance through the transfer of functionality from the mechanical domain to electronics and software. Mechatronics in Action not only provides readers with access to a range of case studies, and the experts’ view of these, but also offers case studies in course design and development to support tutors in making the best and most effective use of the technical coverage provided. It provides, in an easily accessible form, a means of increasing the understanding of the mechatronic concept, while giving both students and tutors substantial technical insight into how this concept has been developed and used.

Realising Systems Thinking Knowledge and Action in Management Science

To deny reality to systems concepts is to reduce them to an essentially arbitrary
language game19. There is not space here to make these arguments fully (see
Mingers 2000a) but I will summarise them briefly. Checkland is right to recognise

Realising Systems Thinking  Knowledge and Action in Management Science

Author: John Mingers

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 038729841X

Page: 312

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This book deals with the contribution of a systems approach to a range of disciplines from philosophy and biology to social theory and management. It weaves together material from some of the pre-eminent thinkers of the day. In doing so it creates a coherent path from fundamental work on philosophical issues of ontology and epistemology through specific domains of knowledge about the nature of information and meaning, human communication, and social intervention.

Concepts in Submarine Design

If, however, the requirement is to hover near surface, then the action of waves
causes an additional destabilising effect and the hovering system has to be more
powerful to cater for the suction forces generated as the waves pass over the hull.

Concepts in Submarine Design

Author: Roy Burcher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521559263

Page: 300

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This book shows how the engineering and architectural aspects of submarine design relate to each other, and describes the operational performance required of a vessel. The authors explain concepts of hydrodynamics, structure, powering and dynamics, in addition to architectural considerations that bear on the submarine design process. They pay particular attention to the interplay among these aspects of design, and devote a final chapter to the generation of the concept design for the submarine as a whole. Submarine design makes extensive use of computers, and the authors give examples of algorithms used in concept design. They provide engineering insight as well as an understanding of the intricacies of the submarine design process. The book will serve as a text for students and as a reference manual for practicing engineers and designers in marine and naval engineering.

Concepts In Inhalation Toxicology

Results from other systems can be used to complement and extend the utility of
the available human data, frequently by ... used as screening systems to identify
and rank potential toxicants and, of course, give insight into mechanisms of

Concepts In Inhalation Toxicology

Author: Roger O. McClellan

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439805572

Page: 648

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Recent developments have provided new data on the subject of inhalation toxicology, requiring an update of the previous edition of this popular text. Like the first, this second edition explains the basic concepts and quantitative approaches in inhalation toxicology, and it gives a comprehensive treatment of evaluations of respiratory responses to inhaled particles and gases. The author here explores new understanding of the role of cytokines in pulmonary inflammation and risk assessment. Immunologists, oncologists, respiratory specialists and students in those fields will find Concepts In Inhalation Toxicology to be essential to their practice.

Nervous System Actions and Interactions

Concepts in Neurophysiology L. Donald Partridge, Lloyd D. Partridge. Chapter #
7 Effector Actions 1. The transduction , processing , and transmission of signals in
the nervous system imparts a survival value to the organism only after these ...

Nervous System Actions and Interactions

Author: L. Donald Partridge

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402074295

Page: 499

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Nervous System Actions and Interactions: Concepts in Neurophysiology approaches the nervous system from a functional, rather than structural, point of view. While all of the central topics of functional neuroscience are covered, these topics are organized from a neurophysiological perspective yielding chapters on subjects such as information storage and effector actions. Each chapter is organized around general concepts that then are further developed in the text. The authors attempt to establish a dialogue with the reader by means of proposed experiments and open ended questions that are designed to both reinforce and question the text. This volume is intended to be a book of ideas for the novice or seasoned researcher in neuroscience.

Key Concepts in Psychotherapy Integration

interventions are used within several systems of psychotherapy integration that
share ...

Key Concepts in Psychotherapy Integration

Author: Jerold R. Gold

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306451751

Page: 242

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Author Jerold Gold reviews the progress that has been made in the field of integrative psychotherapy. The author develops a unique narrative-based framework in which clinicians can synthesize different psychotherapies into an integrated conceptual system and technical method. An ongoing case example illustrates the framework and its key concepts. In addition, chapters examine the contributions of psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and integrative therapies to the development of important psychotherapeutic ideas.

Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior

The catalytic action of an enzyme reduces the activation energy to give significant
reaction rates at ambient temperatures . What becomes apparent is the versatility
of these processes , in that biological systems are able to modify ...

Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior

Author: Ian J. Tinsley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471667162

Page: 355

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Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior demonstrates how the properties of a chemical determine its fate and distribution in the environment. Over the past thirty years the author has worked with colleagues on addressing problems associated with chemicals, particularly pesticides, and it has become evident how important a chemical perspective can be in understanding and minimizing these problems. Now in a newly updated second edition, this accessible text requires only a basic understanding of chemistry. Classroom tested, it is an excellent resource for students and professionals working in environmental science, toxicology, chemistry, and engineering, as well as ecology, public health, agriculture, and forestry.

Key Concepts in Creative Industries

The entrepreneur (the agent) or entrepreneurship (the process) is the action of
doing new things in the market context of ... and a destructive process (see
creative destruction) as an evolutionary process that plays out in complex
systems (see ...

Key Concepts in Creative Industries

Author: John Hartley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446202895

Page: 200

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This is a one-stop introductory text for students wanting to understand the creative industries, what they are, what they do and how they affect our society.

Realism in Action

Händler, E. W.: 1980b, 'The Role of Utility and Statistical Concepts in Empirical
Economic Theories: The Empirical Claims of Systems of Aggregate Market
Supply and Demand Functions Approach', Erkenntnis 15, 129–157. Pearce, D.
and M.

Realism in Action

Author: Matti Sintonen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400710461

Page: 292

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This is a selection of essays written by leading representatives in the fields of action theory and philosophy of mind, philosophy of the social sciences and especially the nature of social action, and of epistemology and philosophy of science. Practical reason, reasons and causes in action theory, intending and trying, and folk-psychological explanation are some of the topics discussed by these leading participants.

Personal Control in Action

Cognitive psychotherapies have tended to emphasize the use of the cognitive-
closing response system as a strategy to ... (Rogers, 1980; Perls et al., 1951 ),
openness to experience and acceptance of feelings are the most central

Personal Control in Action

Author: Miroslaw Kofta

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306457203

Page: 460

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This new study presents exciting international research developments on personal control and self-regulation. Each chapter examines the subject at a different level of analysis to foster a complete understanding. Brief synopses of each chapter are provided as introductions to the three major sections of the book. These sections cover the person as an agent of control, affective and cognitive mechanisms of executive agency, and reactions to threatened control.

Modern Concepts in Gastroenterology

The discovery of this enzyme system represents a dramatic advance in the
understanding of parietal cell physiology. The action of the benzimidazoles,
unlike receptor antagonists which competitively inhibit basal membrane receptor
systems, ...

Modern Concepts in Gastroenterology

Author: Alan B.R. Thomson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461317894

Page: 392

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A fine team of state-of-the-art researcher/clinicians who know their fields, have contributed to the advancement of knowledge, and are in a position to judge what is truly important have here pooled their thoughts in a series of chapters on the cutting edges of gastroenterology. Four attributes render this volume superior to other update-oriented publications. The first striking feature, which is immediately evident upon scanning the table of contents, is the imaginative choice of subjects, ranging from trav eler's diarrhea and sexually transmitted GI infections through TPN and interventional endoscopy to geriatrics and iatrogenic disease. A second outstanding feature of this volume is its success in balanc ing basic pathophysiology with practical considerations of clinical man agement. This is achieved in the discussions of such diverse topics as acid-peptic diseases, infectious and other diarrheal syndromes, and hep atitis immunization. Throughout the book we are led smoothly from basic science principles to specific recommendations for diagnosis and therapy. This practical emphasis appears repeatedly and sometimes pro duces a delightful surprise, such as a chapter on radiology that is not tech nology-based but instead problem-oriented.