A systems reading list

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A systems reading list

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books on all things related to systems thinking, systemic problem structuring, and systems modelling. I often get asked to recommend books to read, from general introductions to specialist texts. For a subject area that refuses to be a clearly defined academic field the list is quite eclectic. Some of the titles don’t immediately appear to be ‘systems’ books, but bear with me, there is a good reason for their inclusion. The list is continually growing, so this page will not be static, and I as I find the time I’ll be updating with new books I think are useful.

  • Ackermann, F., & Eden, C. (2011). Making strategy : mapping out strategic success (2nd ed.) London: Sage.
  • Ackoff, R.L., & Emery, F.E. (1972). On purposeful systems. London: Tavistock Publications.
  • Bertalanffy, L.v. (1973). General system theory : foundations, development, applications. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Blockley, D., & Godfrey, P.S. (2000). Doing it differently : systems for rethinking construction. London: Thomas Telford.
  • Brailsford, S., Churilov, L., & Dangerfield, B. (Eds.). (2014). Discrete-Event Simulation and System Dynamics for Management Decision Making. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Burrell, G., & Morgan, G. (1979). Sociological paradigms and organisational analysis : elements of the sociology of corporate lifeFarnham: Ashgate
  • Cartwright, N., & Hardie, J. (2012). Evidence-based policy : a practical guide to doing it better. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Chaturvedi, D.K. (2009). Modeling and simulation of systems using MATLAB and Simulink. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC ; London : Taylor & Francis [distributor].
  • Checkland, P. (1981). Systems thinking, systems practice. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Checkland, P., & Poulter, J. (2006). Learning for action : a short definitive account of soft systems methodology, and its use for practitioner, teachers and students. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor].
  • Checkland, P., & Scholes, J. (1999). Soft Systems Methodology in Action: Including a 30-year retrospective. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Coyle, R.G. (2004). Practical strategy : structured tools and techniques. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
  • De Weck, O.L., Roos, D., & Magee, C.L. (2011). Engineering systems : meeting human needs in a complex technological world. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: MIT Press.
  • Flood, R.L. (1999). Rethinking the fifth discipline : Learning within the unknowable. London: Routledge.
  • Flood, R.L., & Jackson, M.C. (1991). Creative problem solving : total systems intervention. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Gilbert, G.N., & Troitzsch, K.G. (2005). Simulation for the social scientist (2nd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Gill, J., & Johnson, P. (1997). Research methods for managers (2nd ed.). London: Paul Chapman.
  • Hybertson, D.W. (2009). Model-oriented systems engineering science : a unifying framework for traditional and complex systems. Boca Raton, Fla.: Auerbach ; London : Taylor & Francis [distributor].
  • Jackson, M.C. (2000). A Systems Approach to Management. New York: Kluwer.
  • Jackson, M.C. (2003). Systems thinking : creative holism for managers. Chichester: John Wiley.
  • Lawson, H. (2010). A Journey Through the Systems Landscape: College Publications.
  • Latour, B. (1987). Science in action : how to follow scientists and engineers through society. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Luhmann, N. (1995). Social systems. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.
  • Meadows, D. (2008). Thinking in Systems: A Primer: Chelsea Green Publishing.
  • Meadows, D.H., Meadows, D.L., Randers,, J., Behrens, W.W. (1972). The Limits To Growth. London: Earth Island.
  • Midgley, G. (2000). Systemic intervention : philosophy, methodology, and practice. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
  • Midgley, G., & Ochoa-Arias, A. (2004). Community operational research : OR and systems thinking for community development. New York ; London: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
  • Mingers, J. (2006). Realising systems thinking : knowledge and action in management science. New York: Springer.
  • Mingers, J. (2014). Systems Thinking, Critical Realism and Philosophy: A Confluence of Ideas. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (eds) (2001). Rational analysis for a problematic world revisited : problem structuring methods for complexity, uncertainty and conflict (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Morecroft, J. D. W., & Sterman, J. (1994). Modeling for learning organisations. Portland, Or.: Productivity Press.
  • Morecroft, J.D.W. (2007). Strategic modelling and business dynamics : a feedback systems approach. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley
  • Pawson, R., & Tilley, N. (1997). Realistic Evaluation. London: Sage.
  • Pidd, M. (2004). Systems modelling : theory and practice. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Pidd, M. (2010). Tools for thinking : modelling in management science (3rd ed). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley
  • Pickering, A. (1995). The mangle of practice : time, agency, and science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Pickering, A. (2010). The cybernetic brain : sketches of another future. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Ramage, M., & Shipp, K. (2009). Systems Thinkers. London: Springer.
  • Reynolds, M., & Holwell, S. (2010). Systems approaches to managing change : a practical guide. London: Springer.
  • Richardson, G.P. (1991). Feedback thought in social science and systems theory. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Sage, A.P. (1977). Methodology for large-scale systems. New York ; London: McGraw-Hill.
  • Schutz, A. (1967). The phenomenology of the social world. Translated by Walsh, G. & Lehnert, F.: Northwestern University Press.
  • Seddon, J. (2008). Systems thinking in the public sector : the failure of the reform regime…and a manifesto for a better way. Bridport: Triarchy Press.
  • Senge, P.M. (1990). The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. London: Random House.
  • Sillitto, H. (2014). Architecting Systems. Concepts, Principles and Practice. College Publications.
  • Sterman, J.D. (2000). Business dynamics : systems thinking and modeling for a complex world. Boston, Mass.: Irwin McGraw-Hill.
  • Taket, A., & White, L. (2000). Partnerships and participation: decision making in a multi-agency setting. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Vennix, J. (1996). Group Model Building: Facilitating Team Learning Using System Dynamics. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Vickers, G. S. (1968). The Art of Judgment A Study of Policy Making. London: Methuen.
  • Vickers, G. (1969). Freedom in a Rocking Boat : Changing Values in an Unstable Society. [S.l.]: Penguin.

 

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