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< previous page page_243 next page > Page 243 Our answer is that the "system of systems methodologies" should not be interpreted literally as it physically appears in the figures in Chapter 2. These are merely diagrammatic representations of what are termed in sociology "ideal types". An ideal type is constructed to inform debate by drawing out some key features of an area of concern. In our case we use ideal-type representations of problem contexts. We do not expect any "real world" appreciation of a problem context to fit exactly any one box. We do, however, expect those having to deal with difficult management and planning issues to be informed by the ideas of Chapter 2, and the ideal-type frameworks developed therein. This is because the frameworks point to the assumptions different systems methodologies make about problem contexts. We should be aware when we use a particular systems approach what assumptions it is making. (b) Although on the one hand
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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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