A system for which "a given time-invariant relation among sampling variables can be expressed in terms of a behavior function" (G. KLIR, 1991, p.58).
In a less abstract and rigorous way, B. BANATHY thus characterizes deterministic systems:
"Systems of this type are more open (note: than rigidly controlled systems) to their environment, but are still closely guarding their boundaries. They have more variables and the relational arrangement of their components is more complex than that of the rigidly controlled type. They still operate in a mechanistic mode with clearly defined purpose and unity of goals
"… Goals are clearly set, and operational objectives are prescribed. Ways and means of operating are self-selected. This type has some limited self-direction.
"… Structure is more complex than that of the rigidly controlled systems, and relationships among the components are also increased. Some minor relational and structural changes can be expected to happen through time. This type of system is still a steady-state system…
"Methods that may be applicable include: Operations research and systems analysis methods, living systems process analysis, information theory based on engineering, negative feedback based cybernetic methods of systems control and adjustment, management by objectives, etc." (1988, p. 29).
BANATHY gives as examples "traditional bureaucracies, centralized (national) educational systems, small business and industry".
Deterministic systems are ill prepared to cope with turbulent environments and are frequently destroyed when confronted to these.
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