Checkland and "Management Science"

It has been suggested that academics regard quality as part of
"management science". This may be part of why I find it hard to relate
to ideas about learning. At the Experimentality conference in early
July I will talk about the Deming cycle as learning.

I found this quote online

Natural science, characterized by its reductionism, provides a
uniquely powerful framework for studying the world and its problems;
but it is defeated by extreme complexity; hence systems thinking
emerges as complementary to reductionist natural science. The systems
movement is variegated in its concerns, but may be grasped as a whole
if four distinctions are made. A “map” of the movement is presented
that can be used to understand the failure of management science to
cope with the specificity of managers' problems. By examining the
purpose of modeling in different areas of the map we see that textbook
management science has lost contact with its problems by aping
positivist natural science. Management problems require a methodology
based on learning rather than optimizing.


Published in: Cybernetics and Systems, Volume 11, Issue 4 November
1980 , pages 317 - 324

Don't have an Informa account so can't find out more, but this seems
to be enough. Do you have to get into Mode 2 to connect Management
Science and learning. What do the people from Management Learning
think about this?