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As societies and social systems grow in complexity and scope, the need for a coherent approach to provide pragmatic solutions and inter-related views becomes paramount.

As societies and social systems grow in complexity and scope, the need for a coherent approach to provide pragmatic solutions and inter-related views becomes paramount. Respectively, if we look at the real world system as a physical or organizational one, developing new models may take into consideration systems structures devoid of the creation of arbitrary internal boundaries. Literature tells us that social systems encompass a large and relatively amorphous body of methods and principles, all oriented to look at the interrelatedness of different forces and yet part of a common process. All of these diverse approaches seem to have one guiding idea in common: that the behavior of all systems follows certain general principles. They appear rooted in the systems dynamic understanding of how complex feedback processes can generate problematic patterns of behavior within organizations and large-scale human systems.

How will we unlock the enigmas of social thought and cultural understanding based on the theoretical constructs and ruminations presented to us by theorists? Is it even possible to do so taking into consideration all the presented elements working against such an attempt? We may want to debate the nature of the principles of social systems ranging from the curious to the profound and create provocative dialogue among future theorists, focusing on efforts to create true understanding and communication. We may want to synthesize insights gained from past theories, history, and our own observations to present a new paradigm. We may want to forget old stereotypical ideas and assumptions and look at current state-of-the-art discoveries and ideas assisting us in the search for new answers and fresh theories.

If social systems truly are a realm where ideas about multiple dimensions and problematic situations harbor, we have an opportunity to explore and produce new domains, each with its own distinct set of characteristics and possibilities.

Cassard, A. (2009) Baltimore Women in Leadership Examiner


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