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Systems theory

A method of describing a complex structure introduced by Ludwig von Bertalanffy in the 1940s that relates the interaction of individual components of the structure to the functioning of the structure as a whole.
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22) Bertalanffy, "History and Status of General Systems Theory," The Academy of Management Journal, 15.
General systems theory (GST) is a potential framework to help practitioners and researchers alike understand LTPA based on how systems interact.
In designing its approach, NPS has built on the Food Code and on past inspection techniques, and while using the HACCP principles to help determine the degree of control over key food safety flows, this approach goes beyond the HACCP concept, "drilling" below the flow charts and into the "systems forces" described by General Systems Theory.
After nearly twenty years of prolific writing, and pioneering contributions to the social sciences and to general systems theory, Rapoport moved to Canada in 1970.
The late Von Bertalanffy, an Austrian biologist, is generally acknowledged to be the father of general systems theory (GST).
Because the NSM is build on general systems theory with the flexibility which allows identification of the client as an individual, family, group or community, use of the NSM is equally appropriate for an interdisciplinary team in a public health department with client as community, an acute care psychiatric hospital with client as an individual or an adolescent drug rehabilitation center with client as family.
For cyberspace participation, student learning about cyberspace occurs through one of the four learning theories: general systems theory, communication theory, learning theory, or instructional theory.
Such language, simultaneously reflective of general systems theory and resonant with countercultural values of the times, seems to suggest an anthropological version of the Gaia thesis about the inherent balance of adaptation and change in the universe.
The book's methodology is said to follow 'the basic premises of the general systems theory, first formulated in 1950s by Vienna biologist Ludwig yon Bertalanffy, and later reworked into a general scientific paradigm by a Polish cyberneticist Marian Mazur' (p.
Derived from the study of biological organisms, general systems theory emphasized the open system which is able to exchange both energy and entropy with its surroundings.
Some important elements emphasized by General Systems Theory form the basis of the newly developed model proposed in this paper [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Unlike the deterministic sciences once favoured by orthodox Modernists, however, the sciences that now aroused such intense excitement and speculation were the postwar new sciences of complex systems - cybernetics and its cousins, information theory, general systems theory and the theory of self-organising systems.
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