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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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The ontological constitution of bounding-judging in the phenomenological epistemology of von Bertalanffy's General System Theory.
Because closed systems are in a steady state, they are not applicable to living organisms--hence, the need for a general system theory that can be applied to biology, information theory, cybernetics, and social sciences.
A general system theory approach to rail freight car fleet sizing.
It is well known that the General System Theory (GST) was designed as a 'public knowledge' to achieve cross-disciplinary application by employing the isomorphic model which is the basic aim of the GST and General Systems Society built in the middle of 20th century.
The general conceptual framework of the book relates to the attempt to build a general theory of emergence as a general theory of change, corresponding to Von Bertalanffy's project for a general system theory.

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