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Contemporary Systems Thinking

In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Systems

Editors: Strijbos, Sytse, Basden, Andrew (Eds.)

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About this book

"This book provides a fascinating reading experience for anyone interested in an inquiring relationship between technical progress and the quality of the human condition. It manages to keep a healthier balance between these two complex topics than is found in most publications of the genre, too often they consist either of much technology and little philosophy or the converse.... The book also manages to build accessible bridges over the gulf that tends to separate the philosophical language from the 'real' concerns of technologists."

Dr. h.c. Heinz K. Klein is Associate Professor Emeritus at SUNY Binghamton, USA and Leverhulme Chaired Professor, Salford University, UK

"The last few years I have become increasingly concerned about the way interdisciplinarity is being used to create more specialized subdisciplines rather than broadening our perspectives. And the ways that interdisciplinarity often marginalizes if it does not leave out completely the humanities. I think this is a major mistake, and one this book clearly aims to address."

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines and faculty affiliate of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, USA

"This book provides a well-structured and thought-provoking collection of papers about how systems thinking can be employed to provide an integrated perspective on the development and use of technology."

Dr. Mike C. Jackson is Professor of Management Systems and Dean of Hull University Business School

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The Editors

Sytse Strijbos lectures philosophy of technology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

Andrew Basden is Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy in Information Systems at the University of Salford, U.K.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The philosophy of technology can be an important resource for technology educators. … Some commentators have argued that technology is nothing else than the ‘glue’ that binds various disciplines together. … This book offers a more balanced view: there is both technology with a body of knowledge of its own, and there is a systems studies approach that integrates technology with other disciplines. … technology educators … would do well to read the book and reflect on its implications for their teaching." (Marc J. de Vries, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, Vol. 17 (1), 2007)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology

    Pages 1-16

    Strijbos, Sytse (et al.)

  • Aspects of Knowledge Representation

    Pages 19-38

    Basden, Andrew

  • Reflecting on the Use of the Concept of Qualifying Function in System Design

    Pages 39-62

    Bergvall-Kåreborn, Birgitta

  • Elicitation of Highly Interdisciplinary Knowledge

    Pages 63-78

    Winfield, Mike (et al.)

  • An Appreciative Critique and Refinement of Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology

    Pages 79-102

    Mirijamdotter, Anita (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology
Book Subtitle
Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Systems
Editors
  • Sytse Strijbos
  • Andrew Basden
Series Title
Contemporary Systems Thinking
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-32162-2
DOI
10.1007/0-387-32162-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-32150-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4070-4
Series ISSN
1568-2846
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 310
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