system characteristics

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System characteristics describe the fundamental behaviors associated with a particular system type. Because these characteristics are common to all systems of a given type, they are also referred to as behavioral principles. The characteristics of primary concern for strategic management are those of a social system, which is a model for the business organization.

Social system characteristics --

  • Openness
  • Purposefulness
  • Multidimensionality
  • Emergence
  • Counter intuitiveness

See social system for an elaboration on these characteristics in a comprehensive description of a social system.