Soft Systems, Hard Systems

Posted on 2005-03-29
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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.
Question by:paulo111
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nickg5 earned 1500 total points
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look here for many topics on soft systems methodology

scroll down to the middle of this page for advantages and disadvantages

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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Sounds like homework to me.....

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'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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In that case why on earth did you close it already???

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


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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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