Unified Systems Concepts And Toolboxes



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Resources for developing unifying systems concepts and toolboxes

People working on unifying systems concepts and toolboxes


About unified systems concepts and toolboxes

This webpage is a product of the 2006 Fuschl conversation organized by the International Federation of Systems Research.

While the diverse strands of systems-based thinking provide a rich array of concepts, approaches and methods, many of the conversation participants also felt that unifying concepts and toolboxes would be helpful. We recognized that there are a number of people already working on such unifying approaches and that these approaches are underpinned by significant resources, such as the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics developed by Charles François.

This webpage is a product of the 'Unity as a Part of Diversity' working group. It lists references which are significant resources for the development of unifying concepts and toolboxes, as well as people working on unifying concepts and toolboxes.

Please contact us if you have any additions or updates to this page.


Resources for developing unifying concepts and toolboxes


Book details

Individual resources and documents

  • Systems biology (an explanation)
  • Systems ecology (an explanation)
  • Participation Works! 21 techniques of community participation for the 21st century: A handbook from the New Economics Foundation (a MS Word document)
  • Journal article on a system of system methodologies (both these articles require subscription to the specified journal or access to library hardcopy):
    • Jackson, M. C. and Keys, P. (1984). Towards a system of systems methodologies, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 35, 473-486 (a journal article)
    • Jackson, M.C. (1993). The system of systems methodologies: a guide to researchers, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 44, 208-209 (a journal article)
  • Explorations in critical systems practice: Developing tools for facilitation - an article by A. Taket that discusses PANDA (a PDF)


  • Cybernetics course/s:
  • Systems course/s:
    • System Dynamics Society - (a list of university systems courses)
  • Operational Research course/s:


People working on unifying concepts and toolboxes

  • Wendy Gregory
  • Wolfgang Hofkirchner
  • Robert Horn - visual tools and applications (a web resource)
  • Allenna Leonard
  • Gerald Midgley
  • Matjaz Mulej (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor)
  • Jim Simms (retired)
  • Lenard Troncale


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