PURPOSIVE SYSTEMS THEORY AND APPLICATION
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH STATE COLLEGE PA
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The purpose of this paper is to summarize the approach and theory on which the research performed is based. Basically, the approach is the use of decision theory, with the assumption that people behave optimally given their formulations and constraints, to study the significant tasks that people perform. The ultimate goal of the approach is to map human behavior onto logic and mathematics. The emergence of the approach is given along with four basic requirements that we make of any theory to be used in understanding the behavior of individuals. The approach is contrasted with more traditional approaches. The procedure of the approach, task analysis, is explained and is illustrated by examples from the contract research. The place of applications in the approach is dealt with extensively. The paper includes a guide to the more important ideas dealt with in the contract research with references to the relevant contract publications. Abstracts of these publications, seven completed and seven in preparation, are also included.
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