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soft systems methodology

formulated by Peter Checkland in the 1970s as a method of coming to terms with 'soft’ or ill-defined organizational problem contexts. The approach differs from traditonal management-oriented methods by virtue of its emphasis on learning, appreciative understanding and the recognition of different and competing ‘world views’. Originally the method was promoted as a 7-stage iterative model that could be used to explore problem contexts encouraging iteration of polemical debate until a universal world view or ‘accommodation of interests’ could be achieved. SYSTEMS THEORY was used extensively in the original formulation; concentrating on emergent properties and holism rather than the reductionist techniques found in other approaches. In 1992 the methodology was reformulated in the face of its critics (Flood, Jackson & Keys 1990 et al) in order to focus more on learning and process, rather than formal systems theory
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Soft Systems Methodology: develop a visual representation focusing on key players, world views, transformation process and environmental constraints to produce and implement action plans.
Drawing on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, agile, PRINCE2 methodology, emotional intelligence, and soft systems methodology, he examines who the stakeholders are (sponsors, the project team, clients and users, contractors and suppliers, the government, and hidden stakeholders); why they are important; the core values of sponsorship, partnership, leadership, and citizenship for projects; approaching stakeholders as clients; identifying them and their needs; managing engagement and expectations; building communication; getting buy-in; keeping in touch throughout the project life cycle; and managing the team.
In understanding the challenges in applying hard systems methods for social systems work, researchers such as Checkland, Churchman, and Ackoff argued for more interpretive, soft systems approaches (Jackson, 1982).
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Modelo sinergico de total quality management y soft systems methodology aplicable a organizaciones de servicio educativo.
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