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System is a collection of interrelated parts that work together in harmony to achieve one or more common purposes.

A system normally has subsystems and functions within an environment.

Some characteristics of systems:

  • Every system has a purpose.
  • Most systems have five components: input, processes, output, feedback, and control.
  • Systems are made up of subsystems, whose goals are referred to as subgoals.
  • The goals of a system are more important the subgoals of its subsystems.
  • Subsystems are guided both by their individual goals and by their relationships with other subsystems within the system.
  • Subsystems must work together in harmony to achieve system goals.

Definition 2

System— A functionally, physically, and/or behaviorally related group of regularly interacting or interdependent elements; that group of elements forming a unified whole. 


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