|What is soft systems methodology?||Soft Systems Methodology is a methodology to structure complex real world problems and to develop and identify desirable and feasible changes in a heterogeneous group of actors. It particularly supports dealing with different thought styles (“Worldviews” or “Weltanschauung” in Checkland’s terminology).|
|Why should it be applied?||Soft System Methodology is one of few methods explicitly designed to lead a heterogeneous group through a process from structuring a complex problem and developing possible changes to selecting the most desirable and feasible change(s) to implement.|
For online resources see:
Hear Peter Checkland’s talk on the origins of Soft Systems Methodology:
Checkland and colleagues have published several detailed descriptions and explanations of the Softs Systems Methodology, such as:
Checkland P 1985. From Optimizing to Learning: A Development of Systems Thinking for the 1990s. Journal of the Operational Research Society, V36, pp 757-767.
Checkland P 1994. Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. Chichester: Wiley.
Checkland P 2000. Soft systems methodology: a thirty year retrospective. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, V17, Supplement 1, pp S11–S58.
Reviewed by Peter Checkland