ROOT DEFINITION 1)2)
"A concise, tightly constructed description of a human activity system which states what the system is" (R. RODRIGUEZ ULLOA, 1999)
"What is does is then elaborated in a conceptual model which is built on the basis of the definition. Every element in the definition must be reflected in the model derived from it. A well formulated root definition will make explicit each of the CATWOE elements. A completely general root definition embodying CATWOE might take the following form:
"A (…O…)-owned system which, under the following environmental constraints which it takes as given (…E…) transforms this input (…) into that output (…) by means of the following major activities, among others: (……), the transformation being carried out by these actors: (… A…) and directly affecting the following beneficiaries and/or victims (…C…). The world-image which makes this transformation meaningful contains at least the following elements among others: (…W…)".
"A root definition describes a notional system chosen for its relevance to what the investigator and/or the people in the problem situation perceive as matters of contention" (Ibid).
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
To cite this page, please use the following information:
Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (2020). Title of the entry. In Charles François (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2). Retrieved from www.systemspedia.org/[full/url]
We thank the following partners for making the open access of this volume possible: