Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Megan Davis- Chapter 4

Chapter 4

What is a system?

"A system is a compelex set of relationships among interdependent parts of components" (102). Basically, that means that a system is a way to describe groups that work together. A group that works together in an orginization, for example, has people doing different things that inables them to work togeter to accomplish a main goal. Each member of the system usually has a different job, thus by everyone having a different job and working toward a common goal, they are dependent on each other, thus creating a system.

"Space and time are. . . dynamic quantities: when a body moves, or a force acts, it affects the curvature of space and time- and in turn the structure of spacetime affects the way in which bodies move and forces act. Space and time not only affect but also are affected by everything that happens in the universe" (96).

The significance of this quote is that it questions what is unquestionable. What if time and space were not standard, constants? What if they were evolving and were changable. This quote futherers ideas by questioning standard ideas. It also give us a look at the standard way of looking at orginizations and creates ways of changing our way of looking at them.

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