What is Soft Systems Methodology? Definitions

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Lee, England

What is Soft Systems Methodology? Definitions

Hi everyone, studying a module at university that involves SSM, HSM and forecasting etc.
Just asking if anyone has a straight to the point definition of SSM and HSM as im finding a lot of information about the topic. Thanks


Janeth, Kenya

SSM versus HSM

I'm not getting the main difference between SSM and HSM, can you please brief me?

Richardson, UK

Understanding SSM

Lee, think of SSM as a way to label an approach you want to take to research a 'messy' subject where you cannot agree to approach the research through any hard and fast methods ie statistics, maths.
SSM gives you the freedom to 'wander around' your specific subject and qualify topics as they are uncovered. Using Rich Pictures to justify/qualify your findings. It also gives the reader of your research a quick and precise understanding of your research method. All the semantics about Weltanshauungen I would discard as 'noise' by researchers poorly acquinted with the German language. Think of using what Checkland suggests as reasonable when you wish to formulate a finding from different points of views when describing a sub-topic.

Charlie, UK

Response to Janeth

My personal opininion: HSM is applicable to complex systems, but I think assumes things can be meas... Sign up

Chris, UK


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