A Framework to Synthesize the Modeling Methods of Socio-Technical Systems using Critical Interpretive Meta-Synthesis

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, University of Tehran.

2 Associate Professor, Tehran University.

3 PhD Student, Tehran University.


Recently, the combinations of modeling methods to overcome the complexity of the socio-technical systems are prevalent. However, these combinations have done without considering the compatibility of them in theoretical and tool level. Therefore, the current study proposes a guide framework to synthesize the modeling methods of socio-technical systems. To achieve this aim, a critical interpretive meta-synthesis has been developed. As a result, 12 descriptive themes are identified and categorized in five synthetic constructs. Then, positions of the methods in these constructs are specified and five analytic constructs are determined. In addition, to show that how the framework works, the possibility of synthesis of strategic choice approach as a modeling method with other methods is investigated.


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