The paper reflects on the following three systems thinking books:
Fred E. Emery & E L Trist. Towards a Social Ecology, Plenum Press, New York, 1973: Due to many references both personal and in print made to Eric Trist, and, to a lesser degree, Fred Emery, I wanted to familiarize myself with their work.
Russell L. Ackoff & Fred E. Emery. On Purposeful Systems, Intersystems, Seaside CA, 1972: I had wanted to read it since having sat in on several sessions of your course in behavioral variables last spring.
Russell L. Ackoff. Creating the Corporate Future, J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 1983: Assigned for the course. I went ahead to read the whole thing in order to get started on our interactive design project, and also to do my own personal idealized design.
Freeman, Steven F., "My Systems Thinking Before and After a Year of Social Systems Sciences" (1986). School of Continuing and Professional Studies Faculty Papers. Paper 3. https://jdc.jefferson.edu/jscpsfp/3