At the 1998 Conference of ISSS in Atlanta, J.M. WILBY described as follows the state of the art in hierarchy theory: "(it) is one of several possible systems approaches… used in the study of complexity… in the observing of complex situations. The theory is systemic in itself, dealing with the issues central to systems science, e.g. the importance of the observer, and the flows of matter, energy, and information through systems".
Hierarchy theory has been applied in such diverse fields of study as ecology, biology, linguistics, business, philosophy, mathematics and physics"(1998 Abstracts, p. 190) "… an ongoing research… aims to determine the utility and validity of hierarchy as a systems approach for: 1) the analysis of existing complex systems and problem situations; 2) the planning of interventions in existing complex situations, and 3) the design of future systems
"Outcomes of the overall research will include the construction of a set of principles for hierarchy theory, the evaluation and design for a methodology for hierarchy theory, and the critical evaluation of hierarchy theory… "(Ibid)
This research is going on at the Lincoln School of Management at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, U.K.
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