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< previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 this approach and characterises or constitutes this area of the system of systems methodologies. Complex- Coercive In complexcoercive contexts, complexity characterising the situations of concern hides the true sources of power of the various participants. No systems methodology currently bases itself upon the assumptions that problem contexts are complex and coercive. We do not yet, therefore, possess the tools to tackle such contexts when they arise in the "real world". It is clear that a methodology based upon such assumptions would have to consider: the various sources of power in organisations;
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the organisation's culture and the way this determines what changes are feasible; the mobilisation of bias in organisations; the relationship of hierarchies in organisations to class, sex, race and status divisions in the wider society. Again, the "prison" metaphor from the political perspective is important for understanding such problem contexts. 2.4
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