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GLOSSARY OF TERMS SYSTEMS APPROACH Systems approach is “the way of thinking about the job of managing. It provides a framework for visualizing internal and external environmental factors as an integrated whole. It allows recognition of the function of subsystems, as well as the complex suprasystems within which organizations must operate. Systems concepts foster a way of thinking, which, on the one hand, helps the manager to recognize the nature of complex problems and thereby to operate within the perceived environment. It is important to recognize the integrated nature of specific systems, including the fact that each system has both inputs and outputs and can be viewed as a self-contained unit. But it is also important to recognize that business systems are a part of larger systems- possibly industries, or even society as a whole. Further, business systems are in a constant state of change- they are created, operated, revised, and often eliminated." 1 A system is a collection of organized, interrelated, and interacting entities or ideas working together to achieve a common goal. The scope of the information system analyzed in the project is defined in terms of system components (subsystems, inputs, outputs, entities, interfaces, buffers, boundaries, feedback and control, and constraints). DFD (DATA FLOW DIAGRAM)
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course MISC 350 taught by Professor Kiturberg during the Spring '11 term at University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

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