Client-Controlled Case Information: A General System Theory Perspective
Author: Fitch, Dale
Source: Social Work, Volume 49, Number 3, July 2004 , pp. 497-505(9)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:The author proposes a model for client control of case information via the World Wide Web built on principles of general system theory. It incorporates the client into the design, resulting in an information structure that differs from traditional human services information-sharing practices. Referencing general system theory, the concepts of controller and controlled system, as well as entropy and negentropy, are applied to the information flow and autopoietic behavior as they relate to the boundary-maintaining functions of today's organizations. The author's conclusions synthesize general system theory and human services values to lay the foundation for an information-sharing framework for human services in the 21st century.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-07-01
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