A Critical Systems Thinking Approach to Planning: The Importance of Boundary Critique and Ethics

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In this paper, I propose a critical approach support planning in organisations. The approach emphasises critical reflection about the assumptions that participants adopt to guide their inquiry. It is inspired in critical systems thinking, a research perspective that encourages the analysis of stakeholders understanding prior to the selection of planning methods. The practical application of the approach in a Colombian university provided useful insights into the use of OR methods, as well as ethics involved in the process. The latter aspect suggests the need to complement the approach with a deeper understanding of ethical issues involved in planning
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages6
JournalOR Insight
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Critical systems thinking
  • Boundary critique
  • Information systems planning

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