Why is understanding that “Systems” are conceptual models and not real world entities important?
One word: Humble. Take the blind men and the elephant example.
The elephant is different to them all, but they are all, also correct. It is the story teller who is wrong. They show extreme arrogance to believe that only they can see the whole elephant.
The elephant is a metaphor which can explain Stafford Beers POSIWID: The purpose of a system is what the system does. A system does different things for different people at different times. Therefore that purpose is both perspective based and emergent.
This is an example of Purposive: purpose given, which requires an observer to give purpose to what they have defined as a “system to do”. “My system to clean my clothes”
In doing so they define the boundaries, what’s in and what is out. They understand how the system…
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