A model that can be used "to prescribe operations by which a conceived man-made object can be built" (G. KLIR, 1991, p.84).
KLIR states that: "The construction of prescriptive models… is usually referred to as systems design" (p.84). This is true, but unfortunate, because this bonafide engineering terminology has been extended to the design of human systems and, in not a few cases, contaminated this latter endeavor with restrictive mechanistic views.
KLIR explains in a detailed way the two principal stages of the construction of a prescriptive model:
"The aim of the first stage is to formulate the design problem on the basis of the conceived object to be designed…
"The second stage… consists in constructing a system that implements the required relations in terms of the interpreted systems representing the chosen technological primitives and which satisfies the required objective criteria and constraints" (p.84-5).
A good example of such a process would be the progression from the general idea of a new type of car, to the precise blueprints, the planning of retooling, adaptation of the production line and generally related organizational conditions.
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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