Flashcards in class2, ch1 systems Deck (13):
what's more important: flow of resources or basic elements?
what is a system?
collection of interrelated parts unified by design to obtain one or more objectives
major parts of system?
inputs, transformation, output (basic)
what are 4 additional parts of system?
control, memory, enviro factors, feedback
what is input?
any human, physical, operational resource required to accomplish objectives of system
what is transformation
any action/activity used in changing input to output
what is output?
represents achievement of system's goal
three functions of control:
resources used effectively and efficiently, org functioning within legal and reg. constraints, provide standards to be used in evaluation of ops
characteristics of open sys?
interdependency of parts, dynamic equilibrium, equifinality, permeable boundaries, interface, hierarchy
interdependency of parts leads to:
integration and synergy
examples of inputs?
human labour and skill, materials, facilities, operational (money, time, utilities, info)
ex. of outputs?
meals (quantity and quality), customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, financial accountability