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synthesis . An important metaphor underpinning these softer systems approaches is the organisation as a "culture". This tends to work in tandem with the "coalition" setting of the political metaphor and characterises or constitutes this area of the grid. Complex- Pluralist Interactive planning; Soft systems methodology. These methodologies are designed to tackle contexts in which there is a lack of
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agreement about goals and objectives among the participants concerned, but where some genuine compromise is achievable (a pluralist situation). They also give advice on how to deal with difficulties stemming from the perceived complexity of contexts (which are assumed to be "complex"). For example, they offer guidelines in one form or another for the design of whatever "systems"
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Unformatted text preview: we might wish to bring into existence. Soft systems methodology (which is dealt with in detail in Chapter 8), for example, has the following "stages": "start" with a problem situation unstructured; work towards a problem situation expressed and name some relevant human activity systems; formulate root definitions of relevant human activity systems; develop conceptual models of the systems named in the root definitions; undertake comparison of conceptual models with the expression of the problem situation; discuss culturally feasible and systemically desirable changes; take action to improve the problem situation. An important metaphor underpinning these soft systems approaches is, again, that of the organisation as a "culture". This extends the area that is constituted by this metaphor. The "coalition" setting of the political metaphor is almost equally significant. Also used in a supporting < previous page page_39 next page >...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course MGT 03 taught by Professor Kasra during the Spring '11 term at Tanta University.

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