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Systems 2017, 5(2), 34; doi:10.3390/systems5020034

Proposing a Process-Oriented Systems Research for Systems Thinking Development

Department of Business Administration, College of Business Administration, Keimyung University, Daegu 42601, Korea
Received: 19 January 2017 / Revised: 5 April 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
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This paper discusses systems thinking development from Churchman’s systems ideas related to critical systems practice that appreciates the use of systems methods from sociolinguistic perspectives and poststructuralist thought. Systems research enabled us to understand and reinterpret Churchman’s philosophy and systems approach through the works of Deleuze and Foucault. Based upon the interpretation of Churchman’s philosophy and systems approach, I propose ‘process-oriented systems research’ developed from the use of social appreciative process and Churchman’s metasystem approach. By applying a metasystem approach into practice, I basically appreciate Deleuzian ethics and Foucault’s theory of discourse in order to deal with issues of power and knowledge, and metaethics or moral epistemology, where the meaning of good or bad is discussed. A detailed account of an application of process-oriented systems research is given to demonstrate how I use systems methods to examine the usefulness of the systems research in practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Churchman’s philosophy; critical systems practice; a metasystem approach Churchman’s philosophy; critical systems practice; a metasystem approach
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