"Critical holism: A critical systems approach to complex problem situations", Michael C. Jackson, 49th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Westin Cancun, July 5, 2005, 9:10 a.m.

Michael C. Jackson

49th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Westin Cancun, July 5, 2005

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Introduction by Enrique


University of Hull Business School -- new building

First came to conference in 1979, in London -- 25th

First international conference in Washington

This talk is on management, and will try to address the conference theme



Had written a 1995 paper on failure of management fads and panaceas

How we can be more holistic and systemic

Strength: transciplinary analogies

Structure and process

Understanding the whole is available only to God, and not systems thinkers

Think theory is crucial, to practice

Vickers: whole career in management, and then wrote when he retired

Schematic of development of applied systems thinking

Nature: creativity, choice, implementation, reflection

ISSS is not particularly well adapted to environment


Role of participation?

How to move forward (with the book)?

Argyris & Schon: Organizational Defence Mechanisms?

Limits to roundtable approach

Living systems?


ISSS... Conferences... Cancun 2005