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Systems Thinking - Hard(ly) Core?
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics .
2008 (English)In: Nofoma 2008,2008, Helsinki: Hanken , 2008, 409- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 Purpose of this paper -Systems thinking- has been proposed as the -hard core- of our discipline. However, glancing at how the notion is used outside of the discipline, there is reason to believe that there is more to systems thinking than has been noted within our discipline. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the notion -systems thinking- and its role within the logistics discipline. Design/methodology/approach The paper is conceptual and based on a review of the roots of the notion of -systems thinking- in the logistics discipline, by means of a extensive structured literature review of published logistics research and basic text books. The review encompasses a total of 2 007 journal articles, of which 23 discuss systems thinking explicitly, as well as four widespread text books. Findings A systems approach seems to be central to the logistics discipline. However systems thinking¸ as it appears to be treated by the community of scholars who deal with this notion explicitly, seems not to. Also, it seems that the systems approach was more explicitly treated in the early days of our discipline, having become more embedded, i.e. less visible explicitly, in more recent journal publications. Research limitations/implications The literature review will only cover certain publications within the logistics area, derived from commonly acknowledged journals and databases. Publications not in the form of journal articles, not easily available in full text, and/or in other languages than English or Swedish are omitted. Also, only a representative sample of basic text books is covered. What is original/value of paper A structured attempt to bring clarity to one of the anecdotes of our discipline: that its foundation is systems thinking.

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Helsinki: Hanken , 2008. 409- p.
Keyword [en]
systems thinking, systems theory, systems approach, logistics discipline
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43582Local ID: 74284OAI: diva2:264442
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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