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systems theory

approaches to the study of SYSTEMS (especially SYSTEM, sense 3), which emphasize the general properties of goal-seeking systems – hence the term general systems theory is also used to refer to this approach (see also CYBERNETICS). These approaches were in vogue especially in the 1950s and 60s, and in sociology were particularly associated with the work of Talcott PARSONS, and with related theorists in POLITICAL SCIENCE (see also POLITICAL SYSTEM).
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Software engineering design methodologies and general systems theory.
On the other hand, the concept of a minimal set might encourage workers to restrict their use of the term isomorphy for only those processes and patterns which define functions of systems and not for all of the plethora of jargon terms associated with systems analysis, systems theory and general systems theory.
Sometime ago, a good friend of mine, a retired electrical engineer, much interested in robotics and in 'artificial intelligent systems', his personal Holy Grail, told me: 'I really wonder about the usefulness of General Systems Theory.
Uncommon Sense: The Life and Thought of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Father of General Systems Theory.
For example, Boulding once told me that even as a Past President of the American Economics Association (1968), flanked by Nobel Laureate Presidents like Leontief and Paul Samuelson, he was regarded as tainted by his association with general systems theory.
Miller's approach incorporated insights from both cybernetics and general systems theory, integrating the mechanical orientation of cybernetics with the organic and hierarchical orientation of general systems theory.
The precursor organization of the International Society for the Systems Sciences was the Society for the Advancement of General Systems Theory.

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