A philosophical discussion of the root definition in soft systems thinking: an enrichment of CATWOE
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 61–87, January/February 2006
How to Cite
Basden, A. and Wood-Harper, A. T. (2006), A philosophical discussion of the root definition in soft systems thinking: an enrichment of CATWOE. Syst. Res., 23: 61–87. doi: 10.1002/sres.689
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 FEB 2005
- Manuscript Received: 12 SEP 2003
- soft systems methodology;
- philosophical underpinning
After a brief review of some problems in CATWOE analysis in Checkland's soft systems methodology, we suggest that they may be ameliorated by employing Dooyeweerd's multi-aspectual philosophy. A systematic approach is taken to reconceptualize each element of CATWOE within a Dooyeweerdian framework, the relevant portions of which are explained. In the process our understanding of CATWOE is enriched and made easier for the SSM apprentice to grasp. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.