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The definition of system

The definition of system Among the several definitions of system that exist, there are some that appear more commonly than others, although in slightly different shapes. It is argued that these definitions are not exclusive enough, i.e. things which are not systems could be regarded as systems, according to these definitions. At the same time, there are definitions which are more specific but according to which some kinds of systems would not be systems. Using the underlying assumptions of many authors, a general, more exact definition of system is proposed. Central to the definition is to ensure that parts of the system should not be isolated from other parts. This definition is used to define some central systems theory concepts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kybernetes Emerald Publishing

The definition of system

Kybernetes , Volume 29 (4): 8 – Jun 1, 2000

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0368-492X
DOI
10.1108/03684920010322055
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Abstract

Among the several definitions of system that exist, there are some that appear more commonly than others, although in slightly different shapes. It is argued that these definitions are not exclusive enough, i.e. things which are not systems could be regarded as systems, according to these definitions. At the same time, there are definitions which are more specific but according to which some kinds of systems would not be systems. Using the underlying assumptions of many authors, a general, more exact definition of system is proposed. Central to the definition is to ensure that parts of the system should not be isolated from other parts. This definition is used to define some central systems theory concepts.

Journal

KybernetesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

Keywords: Cybernetics; Systems theory

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