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Scientific idealism

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Description and reality

General system theory

“Systems thinking”

Enterprises as systems

2 Information and communication    

3 Language, logic and data structures

4 Knowledge and truth

5 Description theory

7 Ashby’s ideas

8 Introducing system theory

9 A systems thinking glossary

10 Stability and change in systems

11 Seven signs of shamanism

12 Early system thinkers

13 Systems thinking approaches

14 Premises of EA and TOGAF

15 EA as applied system theory

16 EA as applied systems thinking

Most papers below contain research for, or detailed elaboration of, what is in papers above.

Information and description

General system principles and properties

Challenging systems thinkers

Business system models

Mental models and how brains work

The magic number seven

Communication theory - supplement

Other information theories

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The evolution of description

The evolution of types

Taxonomies and ontologies

GST principles

Introducing system properties

Holism and emergent properties

Encapsulation

Information feedback loops

The primacy of behaviour

Determinism and hysteresis

Ashby on cybernetics

Marxism, system theory and EA

Boulding’s ideas

Ackoff’s ideas

Beer’s ideas

Maturana’s ideas

Luhmann’s ideas

Complex adaptive systems?   

Bausch’s “consensus in system theory

Business system modelling premises

Premise 1: Encapsulation by interfaces
Premise 2: Behaviours run over time
Premise 3: Structures need space
Premise 4: Data conveys meaning
Premise 5: Models are abstractions
Premise 6: Things are typified  Error! Bookmark not defined.

Scientific idealism

Questionable system properties

The schism

Business capabilities

The problem of universals

Description and reality (a reader asks)

A philosophy for system theory

The 9 propositions of scientific idealism

Insights from the idealism triangle

System description as scientific idealism

Complexity

Goal-directedness

Hierarchical (v network) organisation

Chaos and non-linear behaviour

Predictability and probabilty

Agility?

The schism in systems thinking

EA, GST and social system thinking

Social entities v. social systems

Actors, roles and assignments

Business architecture as systems

Business capabilities as social systems

EA in the system theory space

EA as applied system theory

Quality systems

More philosophical musing

Discrete v. continuous systems

System/problem classifications

Abstraction

Philosophical position statement 

Existence in space and time

Ontology and phenomenology

Logical positivism (Wittgenstein)

About life

Relevance of the above to EA

Relativity v quantum mechanics

Discrete event-driven systems (DEDS)

Continuous System Dynamics

Converting discrete to continuous

Introducing system classifications

Ackoff’s system classes

Snowden’s Cynefin framework

People classes

Idealisation in system theory

Abstraction from “the real machine”

Abstraction in the eternal golden braid

Abstraction varieties and typology

Abstraction in TOGAF and Zachman

Type theory

More about systems

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Set and type theory

Types in different disciplines

How things instantiate types

Why we confuse types and instances

Types and meta types

Types and instances – analysis

The elements of systems

Primacy of external and behavioural views

Terms and concepts in system description

The anatomy of the reference model

Formalising system description

System theory dictionary and ontology

Architects, descriptions and systems

Architectural descriptions of systems

EA as multi-level architecture description

The practical terminology challenge

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Other / older

References

Other / older

Insights from description theory

The psychology of description

The philosophy of description

Principles for a controlled vocabulary

Data and reality – after Bill Kent

System state: entities and identities

Homeostasis and control

Hierarchies and lattices.

Enterprise state data

Modelling madness.

ISO 42010 in a nutshell

What ISO 42010 means

ISO change proposal

System theory and thinking references

Types and sets  references

Laszlo and Krippner quotes & references

Philosophical dichotomies

Functionality  and  Logicality

Granularity  and  Modularity

Composition  and  Generalisation

Systems as abstractions

UML types and instances

Modelling the passage of time

 

 

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