The road to emancipation is through organisational development : a critical assessment of Total Systems Intervention
Tsoukas, Haridimos. (1993) The road to emancipation is through organisational development : a critical assessment of Total Systems Intervention. Systems practice, 6 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 0894-9859Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01059679
Total Systems Intervention (TSI) has been claimed to be the ''practical face'' of critical systems thinking. This article reviews the central principles of TSI, describes its theoretical base, and outlines its logic. It is argued that, far from being the way forward for management science, as its supporters claim, TSI is beset by logical and conceptual problems which render its use problematic. More specifically, TSI appears to confuse logical types; its use of metaphors tends to be circular and unnecessary; and its avowed complementarism is insufficiently thought out. It is also argued that TSI is only contingently linked to critical systems thinking and that the latter's assumptions are not followed through in practice. TSI, in the final analysis, appears to be relying on commonsense, eclectically drawing on other problem-solving methods, but in itself unable to present a distinctively new, theoretically sound, and methodologically consistent approach.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Systems practice|
|Official Date:||February 1993|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 53-70|
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