Contemporary Systems Thinking

The Magic Ring

Systems Thinking Approach to Control Systems

Authors: Mella, Piero

  • Introduces a new scientific approach to control systems, in a logical way, using the symbols of Systems Thinking
  • Builds a foundation for understanding how control systems truly operate and in recognizing, simulating and improving them in all fields of activity
  • Provides examples and models related both to everyday life and managerial processes
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This book presents a gradual path toward “educating” readers in understanding how Control Systems truly operate and in recognizing, simulating and improving them in all fields of activity. Starting from the hypothesis that knowledge of Control Systems is not only a technical fact but also represents a discipline – that is, “A discipline is a developmental path for acquiring certain skills or competencies. (…) To practice a discipline is to be a lifelong learner. You “never arrive”; you spend your life mastering disciplines.” (Senge, 2006, p. 10) – Piero Mella has set the objective of making Control Systems a topic that is, in a certain sense, simple and attractive by turning to the effective symbolism typical of Systems Thinking models and avoiding too technical and formal a treatment of the subject. Thus readers should know that this is not an engineering, physics, biology or economics text, nor a mathematics one either. Technical or mathematical tools are not necessary to construct Control Systems; instead the book adopts a highly simple and universal logic behind the notion itself of control process and the simple and universal action of the Control Systems that produce this process.

The Magic Ring: Systems Thinking Approach to Control Systems is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 seeks to review the basic language of Systems Thinking and the models it allows us to create, while Chapter 2 introduces the control process, presenting the theoretical structure of four simple Control Systems we all can observe and manage. In Chapter 3 a general typology of Control Systems is proposed with examples taken from observations of reality. The view of Control Systems is broadened in Chapter 4 by introducing two important generalizations: 1. multi lever Control Systems, with levers that are independent or dependent of each other; 2. multi-objective systems, with independent or interdependent objectives. Chapter 5 outlines the guidelines for recognizing, observing or designing Control Systems and presents the problems that arise regarding their logical realization, introducing the fundamental distinction between symptomatic and structural control. Chapters 6-9 undertake a “mental journey” through various “environments”, increasingly broader in scope, suggesting to the reader how to recognize therein Control Systems that, by their ubiquitous presence, make the world possible in all its manifestations. Finally Chapter 10 covers ideas about a Discipline of Control Systems and the human aspects of control.

Reviews

“There are ten chapters. Each has some general material, as well as complementary material with specific examples. … There are a number of useful and informative diagrams of system structure. … Overall, this book is a fairly good read with lots of interesting examples and some thoughtful commentary along the way.” (Jeffrey Putnam, Computing Reviews, March, 2016)

“It is a self-contained work whose basic concepts are presented at the beginning and gradually introduces a true discipline of the control systems that is accessible to a large group of nonspecialists. … A number of examples are aimed in systems found in organizations and companies, thus the text can aid in the professional growth of managers, consultants and corporate employees in general. Teachers, professionals and educated people in general can also find sources for reflection.” (Vasile Dragan, zbMATH, Vol. 1303, 2015)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Language of Systems Thinking for Control Systems

    Mella, Piero

    Pages 3-43

  • The Ring. The General Structure of Control Systems

    Mella, Piero

    Pages 45-103

  • The Ring Variety: A Basic Typology

    Mella, Piero

    Pages 105-152

  • The Ring Completed: Multi-lever and Multi-objective Control Systems

    Mella, Piero

    Pages 153-209

  • The Ring. Observation and Design

    Mella, Piero

    Pages 211-255

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34326-6
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Rent the ebook  
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Magic Ring
Book Subtitle
Systems Thinking Approach to Control Systems
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Systems Thinking
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05386-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05386-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05385-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34326-6
Series ISSN
1568-2846
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 597
Number of Illustrations and Tables
52 b/w illustrations, 187 illustrations in colour
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