Systemic Design | Jones and Klijima (2018)

Systemic Design Theory, Methods, and Practice Editors (view affiliations) Peter JonesKyoichi Kijima

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Systemic Design

Theory, Methods, and Practice

  • Editors
  • Peter Jones
  • Kyoichi Kijima

David Ing said and excertped as follows:

On describing the field of systemic design as an interdisciplinary field in 2018, Peter Jones wrote:

Perhaps, the most prominent interdisciplinary approaches of systemics and design thinking were developed in the Ackoff and Banathy-era social system design schools that promoted whole system approaches to the challenges of the modernist technological era.
The systems science origins of systemic design can be traced to the influential operations research and planning schools, the East Coast schools (Ackoff, Özbekhan from University of Pennsylvania, Senge from MIT), and the West Coast (Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman, Christopher Alexander, and Harold Nelson all from U.C. Berkeley). [….] These social schools of thought argued against many of the precepts of the predominant systems thinking methods of the time, systems thinking as modelling and intervention (Meadows, 1999), and systems dynamics (Senge, 1986). Social system design did not achieve the broader acceptance of hard systems sciences, in part due to the superior fit of the hard systems thinking mindset to modernist culture in the late twentieth century and the perceived ambiguity (and lack of method) of social systems processes and technologies.

Jones, P. (2018). Preface: Taking Stock and Flow of Systemic Design. In P. Jones & K. Kijima (Eds.), Systemic Design: Theory, Methods, and Practice (pp. vi–xvi). Springer Japan. (The front matter preface is free of charge, if you don’t have access to the whole book via a university library).