A Framework of Value-Focused Systems Thinking

Research paper by Jingcai Han

Indexed on: 01 Feb '00Published on: 01 Feb '00Published in: Systemic Practice and Action Research


Values and value judgments should be tackled explicitly and directly in theory and practice. To do so, systems intervention as a communication process has to be designed in pursuit of the systemic and critical cause. This paper proposes a framework of value-focused systems thinking. The interdependence of values and techniques, and the theory of communicative competence, are briefly discussed as philosophical underpinnings. A methodology is outlined consisting of a reconstruction, judgment, and action cycle revolving around communication design.