Redefining the role of the practitioner in critical systems methodologies

Robert Kay*, Darren Halpin

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In this paper we suggest that recent approaches to dealing with complexity within the systems paradigm fail to deal adequately with the influence of the practitioner in the execution of a methodological inquiry. This will be explored through a brief critique of Total Systems Intervention (TSI). In constructing our argument we will identify the practitioner, the situation under study and the theory informing the practitioner as the three components of methodology construction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalSystems Research and Behavioral Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical systems methodologies
  • Methodology construction
  • Practitioner
  • Systems practice


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