Systems are like networks (OnNetworks) in that they contain a number of points and relations between them. However a system is typically composed of heterogenious elements, and we're often concerned with the details, whereas, when we think about networks we're often concerned with the statistical results of a number of homogenious components.
This distinction isn't hard.
- Changing and controling systems : OnInterventions
- Buildings and cities as systems : OrganicArchitecture, HowBuildingsLearn
- Designing Software Systems (ProgrammingStuff, PatternLanguages)
- MusicalSystems : Gbloink, MusicalEcology
- I suppose wiki is a system (OnWiki)
- SystemsThinking can lead to conservatism (BecomingConservative) or radical ecology.
- Contrast OnHierarchy and TheArchitectureOfComplexity