Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) is a methodology used to enable different meanings or views within the situation to be expressed and negotiated Afimctional decomposition approach to model representation is used within SSM An alternative systems framework is Decision Variable Partitioning (DVP) that uses decision variables as the basis for decomposition. This paper continues the work on DVP, by using the DVP framework to analyze two situations where opposing worldviews were expressed to understand how accommodations were reached in these situations. The accommodation of views was reached not through a comparison of activities with the situation as in the conventional SSM approach but rather, through the debate about conditions under which the transformation could be enacted. Systems models that do not include the concept of the conditional states may miss this important aspect of reaching accommodations in world views particular when the views appear to be so opposed that it is difficult to see how they can be reconciled.
7th Annual ANZSYS Conference: Systems in Management: The relevance of systems thinking in the contemporary world, Perth, Australia 27-28 November 2001
Proceedings of the 7th Annual ANZSYS Conference / W. Hutchinson, M. Warren (eds): pp.176-185