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Title of Paper: General Systems Theory and the development of Modern SystemsTheories

Paper Basics: Write a well crafted, readable paper in American english, of twenty-five (25) pages / APA Format / on General System Theory and the development of Modern System Theories / PhD Research level paper / with twenty-five cited sources (SEE SUGGESTED REFERENCES LISTED BELOW).

The paper will need a well crafted and an interest catching introduction

The paper should have a well crafted and detailed thesis to accompany the paper’s introduction.

The paper should have a well crafted and detailed conclusion that ties the main ideas of the paper into the concluding comments and connects back to the introduction and the thesis statement.

Language: American English

Paper details:Using the most recent scholarly journal articles available, articles related to Bertalanffy’s General System Theory; Social Systems, their environments, interactions, and development; and Miller’s Living Systems theory, compared with the works of Kenneth D. Bailey and Karl E. Weick in Modern System Theory.

The paper twenty-five (25) pages in length, with twenty-five (25) cited sources (using as many primary sources as possible, listed below), and will analyze and compare and contrast modern system theories

• Using the compare and contrast analysis explore the concepts of Bertalanffy’s General Systems Theory in order to reflect a broad perspective on modern social systems and social networking.

• Compare and contrast and synthesize and integrate Bertalanffy’s system theory with those of Bailey, Miller and Weick to gain a greater appreciation of social systems and the environments in which they interact and exist and a greater appreciation of modern social systems structure.

Suggested references in Systems Theory


Bailey, K. D. (2004). Beyond System Internals: Expanding the Scope of Living SystemsTheory. Los Angeles: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bailey, K. D. (2006). Living systems theory and social entropy theorySystemsResearch and Behavioral Science, 23, 291-300.

Bertalanffy, L. (1951). General system theory – A new approach to unity of science. (Symposium), Human Biology, 23, 303-361. Dec 1951.

Bertalanffy, L. (1972). General system theory: Foundations, development, applications. London: Allen Lane.

Bertalanffy, L. (1975). Perspectives on general system theory: Scientific-philosophical studies. New York: G. Braziller.

Bertalanffy, L. (2008). Outline of General System Theory. Reprint found in Juarrero, A. and Rubino, C.A., editors, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 10(2), 103-128.

Miller, J.G. (1990). Introduction: the nature of living systems. Behavioral Science. (35) 3, 157-163.

Miller, J.L., & Miller, J.G. (1992). Greater than the sum of its parts: Subsystems which process both matter-energy and information. Behavioral Science, 37, 1??”38.

Miller, J. G. (2001). Living systems. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Weick, K. E. (1976). Educational Organizations as Loosely Coupled Systems. Administrative Science Quarterly, 21, 1-19.

Weick, K. E. and Daft, R. L. (1984). Toward a model of organizations as Interpretation systems. The Academy of Management Review, 9, 284-285.

Weick, K. E. (1988). Enacted Sensemaking in Crisis Situation. Journal of Management Studies. 25(4), 305??”317.

Weick, K. E. (1993). The collapse of sense making in organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster. Administrative Science Quarterly, 38, 628-652.

Weick, K. E., Sutcliffe, K. M., Obstfeld, D. (2005). Organizing and the Process of Sensemaking. Organization Science. 16(4), 409-421.

Weick, K. E. (2012). Making Sense of the Organization: Volume 2: The Impermanent Organization. New York: John Wiley & Sons.


Fahy, M., Feller, J., Finnegan, P., Murphy, C. (2007). Complexity and Context: Emerging Forms of Collaborative Inter-organizational Systems. : Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA). 8(4), 1-14.

Hammond, D. and Wilby, J. (2006). “The life and work of James Grier Miller”. In: SystemsResearch and Behavioral Science. 23(3), 429 – 435.

Mayrhofer, W. (2004). Social Systems Theory as Theoretical Framework for Human Resource Management – Benediction or Curse? Management Revue, 15(2), 178-189.

Parent, E.R, (2000). A living systems perspective as a Metaframework for viewing the dynamics of human experience. Retrieved from

Strunk, G., Schiffinger, M., Mayrhofer, W. (2004). Lost in transition? Complexity in organizational behaviour – the contributions of systems theories. Management Revue, 15(4), 481-509.

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