A first systems book: technology and management by Margaret Myers

By Margaret Myers

To take on the complicated difficulties of lifestyles at the present time, we have to coordinate quite a lot of services. structures innovations and strategies supply the technique of integrating the contributions of experts, together with managers, scientists and engineers.

The e-book introduces easy but sound thoughts and a language comprehensible to all involved. Its tools of method modelling, platforms research and layout supplement conventional tools of engineering and administration. It demonstrates these tools on difficulties coming up from way of life, undefined, enterprise, caliber administration and public management.

This introductory publication is appropriate for managers and pros, in addition to undergraduates on enterprise, engineering, computing and technological know-how classes who aspire to develop into specialist challenge solvers.

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To be meaningful, the representation must have a referent which may be any entity tangible or abstract: an existing or planned object, a situation, an idea, a theory, a person or group, a business, an emotional state. Poems, novels, paintings, top secret documents, a pay cheque, files placed on the internet for general access, the carvings on the Rosetta Stone are all representations of existing entities or of ideas of their creators, as are architectural drawings, road maps, specifications and admiralty charts.

It must be remembered that completeness can never be attained: no matter how detailed the model, the number of characteristics omitted will always remain infinite. The skill of the modeller is measured by the simplicity, not by the sophistication, of the model: the best model is the simplest which still serves the purpose. 1 The school doctor administers regular health checks to children, and for this purpose models each child in a class. In addition to information identifying each individual by name, address and sex, at each visit the health record will show four parameters: the child’s age, height, weight and blood pressure.

All forming the components of a large whole, and interacting, one hopes, productively and harmoniously. Classijjing systems Note that the constructional and time-scale characteristics are independent of each other, and together they exhaust all possibilities: a referent may either be viewed as a whole or as a structure of parts, there is no third option; likewise, a referent may either be viewed at a time instant or over a time period, there is no third option. Given that a referent is modelled as a system, the constructional and time-frame parameters facilitate its classification.

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