The Rise of Systems Theory: An Ideological Analysis

  • Publish Date: 1978-02-27
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Robert Lilienfeld
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Records the multidisciplinary origins of systems theory and traces its migration into such fields as cybernetics, communication theory, and social planning. Illustrates how original successes of systems theory in technical areas were followed by failures when applied to complex societal problems. Evaluates systems theory as an ideology rather than a set of workable techniques, and discusses implications of the systems approach as a social problem-solver.