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Soft Systems Methodology An Application to a Community Based Association

By  and Milton E. Lopes and Milton E. Lopes


The research question addressed in this paper is: How does systems theory apply to problem solving in a community-based voluntary organization? The unit of analysis is a regional art museum (RAM). The methodology employed is Soft Systems Methodology (SSM). Following a brief review of its basic principles, SSM is applied to the RAM. It is important to note that this study is still in process. Soft Systems Methodology Within systems thinking there are two complementary traditions (i.e., “hard ” and “soft” systems). Influenced by control and information theory, hard systems include Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis, and Operations Research. Soft systems represent a reaction to the inability of hard systems to adequately respond to real world problems (Checkland, 1981a

Year: 2001
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