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Soft Systems, Hard Systems

Hi Experts,

What things (pluses and negatives) do soft systems methodoliges have, and what scenarios are they usually introduced into.
The same for hard systems methodologies.

Any systems analysts, designers, I would appreciate you thoughts, a share of the points will be issued dependant on the replies I get.
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nickg5Commented:
look here for many topics on soft systems methodology
http://sern.ucalgary.ca/courses/seng/613/F97/grp4/ssmfinal.html

scroll down to the middle of this page for advantages and disadvantages
http://sern.ucalgary.ca/~shroff/seng613/Assignment5/SSMSummary.html

and from an article, it discusses soft vs. hard
>>>>collaborators developed an alternative approach - Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) - which enables managers of all kinds and at any level to deal with the subtleties and confusions of the situations they face. This work established the now accepted distinction between ‘ hard’ systems thinking, in which parts of the world are taken to be ‘ systems’ which can be ‘ engineered’ , and ‘ soft’ systems thinking in which the focus is on making sure the process of inquiry into real-world complexity is itself a system for learning.
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kneHCommented:
Sounds like homework to me.....
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paulo111Author Commented:
'kneH' it isnt homework thankyou, its general research, just wanted some expert opinions thats all. There is stuff by searching google but I wanted some knowledge by people who have been involved in such methodologies..
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kneHCommented:
In that case why on earth did you close it already???

The above does not seem like that at all...

curious.
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paulo111Author Commented:
As your post would have probably put people of giving their opinions and ideas, thats all.
Bit of a waste of time really, although many thanks too nickg5 for their input.
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