General System Theory: 9 Key Concepts

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GENERAL SYSTEMS THEORY - 9 key concepts
This work is licensed under Creative CommonsAttribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Allan G. Feldt, 2013
´┐╝Introduction
Beginning during the 1930's and accelerating after World War II, scientists and philosophers from a number of different disciplines began to publish and discuss a series of papers on the common properties found in all systems. This search for universal laws pertaining to all systems came to be called General Systems Theory. It has borrowed heavily from a number of disciplines but has also made important contributions to them. Among those most effected are: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Information Theory, Operations Research, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Full coverage of the substantial literature on General Systems Theory is well beyond the scope or purpose of this book. However, a few basic concepts found in General Systems Theory have proven to be especially useful in increasing our understanding of urban and regional phenomena. Nine of these basic concepts will be presented here in order to lay a coherent groundwork for the diverse theories and ideas borrowed from a wide variety of social science disciplines which make up the remainder of this text. The nine concepts discussed here are:
1. Definition of a System
2. System Development
3. System Control
4. Self Regulation
5. Systems Analysis
6. Levels of Order
7. Rquisite Functions
8. System Properties
9. The Ultimate System
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