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Systems Theory and Management

Richard A. Johnson, Fremont E. Kast and James E. Rosenzweig
Management Science
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Jan., 1964), pp. 367-384
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2627306
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Ludwig von Bertalanffy, in 1951, and Kenneth Boulding, in 1956, wrote articles which have provided a modern foundation of general systems theory [1, 2]. We build on that foundation in applying general systems theory to management. The general theory is reviewed for the reader. Next, it is applied as a theory for business, and an illustrative model of the systems concept is developed to show the business application. Finally, the systems concept is related to the traditional functions of a business, i.e., planning, organizing, control, and communications.

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