Hard System (glossary)

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System type characterized by the ability to define purpose, goals and missions that can be addressed via engineering methodologies in attempting to optimize a solution. (Checkland 1999)

Source

Checkland, P. B. 1999. Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Discussion

Discussion as to why this is the "consensus" definition for the SEBoK.