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On the Architecture of Systemology and the Typology of Its Principles

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Centre for Systems Philosophy, Surrey KTI5 1EL, UK
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Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, Kingston-on-Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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Alister Hardy Research Centre, University of Wales TSD, Lampeter SA48 7ED, UK
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Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Received: 11 February 2018 / Revised: 2 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Thinking)
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Systems engineering is increasingly challenged by the rising complexity of projects undertaken, resulting in increases in costs, failure rates, and negative unintended consequences. This has resulted in calls for more scientific principles to underpin the methods of systems engineering. In this paper, it is argued that our ability to improve systems Engineering’s methods depends on making the principles of systemology, of which systems engineering is a part, more diverse and more scientific. An architecture for systemology is introduced, which shows how the principles of systemology arise from interdependent processes spanning multiple disciplinary fields, and on this basis a typology is introduced, which can be used to classify systems principles and systems methods. This framework, consisting of an architecture and a typology, can be used to survey and classify the principles and methods currently in use in systemology, map vocabularies referring to them, identify key gaps, and expose opportunities for further development. It may, thus, serve as a tool for coordinating collaborative work towards advancing the scope and depth of systemology. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems philosophy; heuristic systems principles; scientific systems principles; general systems principles; specialized systems principles; general systems theory; GST systems philosophy; heuristic systems principles; scientific systems principles; general systems principles; specialized systems principles; general systems theory; GST
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