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Road freight information systems: a soft system methodology approach

Published Online:pp 161-178https://doi.org/10.1504/IJLSM.2013.051337

Soft system methodology (SSM) is appropriate for studying complex systems such as human activity systems. Although the road freight information systems (RFIS) typically involve a large number of users, they are, in many cases, inefficient. Using SSM, the present paper studies the RFIS of a selected case study, delineates its disadvantages, and finally addresses its shortcomings through designing a new information system. The proposed system has the quality of bringing a lot of commercial and non-commercial benefits to the users by changing the form of communication among involved entities.

Keywords

road freight information systems, RFIS, soft system methodology, SSM, information systems

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