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Empowering critical systems heuristics with theories of group dynamics: a proposition to bridge the gap between theory and practice
2000 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this report is to make parts of Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH) more practically usable, with the help of previous research in Group Psychology. CSH was developed by social systems scientist Werner Ulrich, but has since its introduction in 1984 not been widely applied. We believe that the theory has admirable objectives, as it tries to ensure that changes made to systems are ethically correct, not affecting anyone negatively. However, its practical usability is dubious, as Ulrich builds all his work on philosophy, leaving out sometimes obvious practical problems, such as the psychological dynamics involved in group discussions. Studying group dynamics, conducting interviews and taking into account previous studies in this subject, we have come to the conclusion that the perceivable problems with Critical Systems Heuristics are best solved with structural changes to its layout. The three main ideas in our proposition are: the introduction of a co-ordinator, who should lead the project from its very beginning and until a viable design has been created, an earlier involvement of the actors that might suffer from the side effects of the design, and finally to help structure the work, we propose guidelines to the practical application of CSH.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH), Group dynamics, Group, Psychology, Ulrich
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57066ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--00/125--SELocal ID: dc500d43-d5fd-4cb3-9c6b-b55f0b0cc896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-57066DiVA: diva2:1030453
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Public Administration and Economics programmes 1999-2000, bachelor's level
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Note
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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