This book describes the application of systems thinking across a broad field of cases representing research, teaching, decision support and construction. All cases are presented by experts who have actually been involved in the activities they describe. The broad selection of cases captures the great variation of systems thinking, and how it is integrated into models and theories and solid knowledge pertaining to different substantive areas.
Preface; Lisa Sennerby Forsse and Uno Svedin Editors' Preface; Mats-Olov Olsson and Gunnar Sjostedt Introduction; Uno Svedin Part I: The Systems Approach: History and Schools of Thinking 1. Systems and Systems Theory; Mats-Olov Olsson and Gunnar Sjostedt 2. Schools of Systems Thinking Development Trends in Systems Methodology; Mats-Olov Olsson Part II: Systems Analysis in Sweden - Examples of Projects Using a Systems Approach Part II-A: A Systems Approach for Better Theory 3. Systems Analysis in Geography; Stefan Anderberg 4. Multi-Agent Systems, Time Geography, and Microsimulations; Magnus Boman and Einar Holm 5. Analyzing Biological Systems: the Brain as an Example; Hans Liljenstrom and Peter Arhem 6. Defining the Concept of Sustainability - a Matter of Systems Thinking and Applied Systems Analysis; Harald Sverdrup and Mats G.E. Svensson Part II-B: Systems Analysis for Better Practice 7. Scenario-Based Methodologies for Strategy Development and Management of Change; E. Anders Eriksson 8. 'Sweden in the Year 2021' - A Systems Study of Sweden's Future Environment; Anita Linell 9. Environmental Accounts - a Tool for Interdisciplinary Analysis; Sofia Ahlroth 10. Environmental Systems Analysis - Some Ongoing Research and Ideas About Future Developments; Anna Bjorklund 11. Some Properties of Environmental Systems Analysis Tools - Life Cycle Assessment as an Example; Goran Finnveden, Tomas Ekvall and Asa Moberg 12. Systems Approaches in Development Work; Semida Silveira 13. The Systems Approach in Research on International Relations: The wro Negotiations; Gunnar Sjostedt Part II-C: Systems Thinking for Better Design and Construction 14. Humans and Complex Systems: Sustainable Information Societies; Rune Gustavsson and Martin Fredriksson 15 Large Technical Systems: a Multidisciplinary Research Tradition; Lena Ewertsson and Lars Ingelstam Part III: Development Trends, Future Prospects and Needs 16. Systemic Interventions in Sweden: Some Discernible Patterns; Mats-Olov Olsson and Gunnar Sjostedt Contributors
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