Tracking the development of the Emery-Trist systems paradigm (ETSP)
Babüroğlu, O. N.
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
263 - 290
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This paper is written to accomplish two objectives: first, to introduce the Emery-Trist systems paradigm to the critical systems thinking, a largely neglected and under-utilized paradigm; second using a critical systems thinking framework, to provide a rational justification in an attempt to track the developments in the ETSP so that an extended heuristic map is offered to the scholars interested in the Emery-Trist systems paradigm. Four tracks within ETSP are identified and analyzed to produce a liberation theme that has not previously been articulated. The liberation theme imminent in all four tracks of the paradigm development denotes the value and the promise of the ETSP to the critical systems thinking community as well as to other systems thinkers. © 1992 Plenum Publishing Corporation.
KeywordsCritical heuristics of social planning
Critical systems thinking
Emery-Trist systems paradigm