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systems approach

General Management

use of computers in business organization a technique employed for organizational decision making and problem solving involving the use of computer systems. The systems approach uses systems analysis to examine the extent to which a system's components are interrelated and interdependent. When working together, these components produce an effect greater than the sum of the parts. System components might comprise departments or functions of an organization or business which work together for an overall objective.

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Definitions of ’systems approach’ and meaning of ’systems approach’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’systems approach’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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