The Difference Between Method Methodology Tool Technique Within The Context Of Systems Thinking And Practice?


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Method and methodology
Methodology can properly refer to the theoretical analysis of the methods appropriate to a field of study or to the body of methods and principles particular to a branch of knowledge. It is a collection of practices, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline or engage in an inquiry; a set of working methods; For example, "Since students were not available to complete the survey about academic success, we changed our methodology and gathered data from instructors instead". In this instance the methodology (gathering data via surveys, and the assumption that this produces accurate results) did not change, but the method (asking teachers instead of students) did. On other hand, Method implies a detailed, logically ordered plan. It is process by which a task is completed; a routine. It is the study of a specific field of inquiry employed by or proper to particular discipline or art. The procedures and techniques are characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge. It is Means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something: A simple method for making a pie crust; mediation as a method of solving disputes. It is also known as a systematic procedure, technique or orderly arrangement of parts or steps to accomplish an end. The transformation of method into methodology is something to strive for in the process of becoming an aware systems practitioner.

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Tool and Technique
Tool: Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument to do some kind of work, among other things,
A device, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical or mental benefit in accomplishing a task. Most tools use some form of simple machine, or a combination of them, such as a diagram. Technique: The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished by skillful, ability and detailed method of executing procedures to accomplish a desired result. Also it is method of performance of manipulation in any art; such as drawing a diagram in a prescribed manner. For example, spray diagram for particular case study. I regard this as a tool. With practice it becomes a technique

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