Webs of significance: the work of Geoffrey Vickers



This paper is a personal account by Peter Checkland of his correspondence with Geoffrey Vickers in the years before Vickers' death and the discussions they had about the relationship between systems ideas and real-world experience. Professor Checkland demonstrates how the model he created of the appreciative process reflects those discussions, and how it may be used as a basis for making sense of the world we live in. He provides numerous examples to demonstrate the way in which the model may be applied in very different situations. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.