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< previous page page_53 next page > Page 53 Table 3.1 Systems methodologies related to systems metaphors (S is Simple, C is Complex, U is Unitary, P is Pluralist, C is Coercive) Systems methodology (examples) Assumptions about Problem Contexts Underlying metaphors System dynamics S-U Machine Team Viable system diagnosis C-U Organism Brain Team SAST (strategic assumption surfacing and testing) S-P Machine Coalition Culture Interactive planning C-P Brain Coalition Culture SSM (soft systems methodology) C-P Organism Coalition Culture Critical Systems Heuristics S-C Machine/Organism Prison also appear illuminating, if in a subordinate way given the immediate crisis. In these circumstances a cybernetic methodology would be chosen to guide the intervention, but perhaps tempered by some ideas from soft systems methodology. Managers in another organisation might wish to redesign their information system but be held back by conflicting views about where the organisation should be going, exacerbated by some political in-fighting. This
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Unformatted text preview: situation might usefully be understood with the &quot;coalition&quot; metaphor as dominant, but with the &quot;brain&quot; and &quot;prison&quot; metaphors also being illuminating. In this case soft systems methodology might guide the intervention but with aspects of cybernetics and critical systems heuristics also being used. The outcome of the implementation stage is co-ordinated change brought about in those aspects of the organization currently most vital for its effective and efficient functioning. The three stage methodology of TSI is set out in Table 3.2. It is important to stress, however, that TSI is a systemic and iterative methodology. It asks, during each phase, that continual reference be made, back or forth, to the likely conclusions of other phases. So, for example, during phase 1, &quot;creativity&quot;, attempts are made to anticipate &lt; previous page page_53 next page &gt;...
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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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