Soft Systems Methodology (glossary)

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Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) formalizes the ideas of a soft system approach using systemic thinking to expose the issues in a problem situation and guide interventions to reduce them. SSM provides a framework of ideas and models to help guide participants through this systemic thinking.


Checkland, P. 1999. Systems Thinking, Systems Practice, New York, John Wiley & Sons.


SSM is the most common example for a Problem Structuring Approach, see Overview of System Science for details.