A systemic perspective

Danny Burns

in Systemic action research

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347381
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303626 | DOI:
A systemic perspective

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This chapter does not intend to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all the different variants of systems theory and apply the favoured approach to action research; rather, this chapter introduces systemic thinking and offers a way of engaging with complexity that can work with paradox, uncertainty, and non-linear causality. The chapter illustrates through stories and intervention scenarios some of the limitations of analytical frameworks and strategies that do not engage with complex systematic interrelationships.

Keywords: systems theory; action research; systemic thinking; paradox; uncertainty; non-linear causality; analytical frameworks; analytical strategies; complex systematic interrelationships

Chapter.  8173 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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