Six stage process developed by Checkland to create Root Definition.
- C – Clients/customers of system identified i.e. stakeholders.
- A – Actors involved in situation – key stakeholders.
- T – Transformation involved i.e. what are inputs, what is transformation and what are outputs.
- W – Weltanschauung/worldview – set of beliefs brought to the situation.
- O – Owners of system.
- E – Environment system will function in.
Elements of CATWOE identified and fed into Root Definition.