Studies in Systems, Decision and Control

How Systems Form and How Systems Break

A Beginner’s Guide for Studying the World

Authors: Ren, Chiang H.

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  • Dispels the mysteries of systems analysis by holistically explaining the philosophies, methodologies, and intentions
  • Includes plenty of figures but no mathematical formulas, aimed at providing a conceptual understanding to beginning students and interested professionals new to studying systems
  • Develops a powerful capability to see the hidden behaviors and unexplained consequences in the world around us
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Our world is composed of systems within systems—the machines we build, the information we share, the organizations we form, and elements of nature that surround us. Therefore, nearly every field of study and practice embodies behaviors stemming from system dynamics. Yet the study of systems has remained somewhat fragmented based on philosophies, methodologies, and intentions. Many methodologies for analyzing complex systems extend far beyond the traditional framework of deduction evaluation and may, thus, appear mysterious to the uninitiated.

This book seeks to dispel the mysteries of systems analysis by holistically explaining the philosophies, methodologies, and intentions in the context of understanding how all types of systems in our world form and how these systems break. This presentation is made at the level of conceptual understanding, with plenty of figures but no mathematical formulas, for the beginning student and interested readers new to studying systems. Through the conceptual understanding provided, students are given a powerful capability to see the hidden behaviors and unexplained consequences in the world around us.

About the authors

Dr. Chiang H. Ren is an entrepreneur, C-Level executive, and systems analysis expert who is currently the Chief Solutions Architect for Planned Systems International Inc. Prior to this appointment, he had been the Chief Technology Officer for two other companies. In these positions and as a senior analyst for multiple United States government agencies, he has further published numerous peer reviewed journal articles in operations research, disaster preparedness, information technology management, systems engineering, theoretical biology, and particle physics. Dr. Ren holds a B.S.E. degree Magna Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, an S.M. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in Systems Analysis from the University of Bolton. He is further a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Systems Form and How Systems Break
Book Subtitle
A Beginner’s Guide for Studying the World
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Systems, Decision and Control
Series Volume
72
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44030-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44030-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44029-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82964-7
Series ISSN
2198-4182
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 179
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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