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Book : Systems Thinking Basics : From Concepts to Causal Loops (1997)

Systems Thinking Basics : From Concepts to Causal Loops

Categories: Systems Thinking

Tags: andersonbookcausal loopsystems thinkingtechniquetool

Publisher:Pegasus Communications Inc.

Author(s):Anderson, Virginia

Published: 1997 • ISBN: 1883823129 • 144 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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Systems Thinking Basics is a self-study, skill-building resource designed to introduce you to the power of systems thinking tools. With an emphasis on behavior over time graphs and causal loop diagrams, this workbook guides you step by step through:

  • Recognizing systems and understanding the importance of systems thinking
  • Interpreting and creating behavior over time graphs and causal loop diagrams
  • Applying and practicing systems thinking day-to-day

Each of the book’s six main sections contains a wealth of examples from the business world, as well as learning activities that reinforce concepts and provide you with the opportunity and space to practice. An array of appendices offers:

  • Extra practice activities
  • A summary of key points and suggested responses to the learning activities
  • A table showing the “palette” of systems thinking tools available
  • A glossary of systems thinking terms
  • A list of additional resources
  • A summary of the systems archetypes

The many diagrams within the book clarify concepts and visually reinforce key principles. Systems Thinking Basics is ideal for aspiring systems thinkers eager to try their hand at using these powerful tools.

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Book : Systems Thinking in the Public Sector: The Failure of the Reform Regime…. (2008)

Systems Thinking in the Public Sector: The Failure of the Reform Regime….

Publisher:Triarchy Press

Author(s):Seddon, John

Published: 2008 • ISBN: 0955008182 • 228 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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The free market has become the accepted model for the public sector. Politicians on all sides compete to spread the gospel. And so, in the UK and elsewhere, there’s been massive investment in public sector ‘improvement’, ‘customer choice’ has been increased and new targets have been set and refined.

But our experience is that things haven’t changed much. This is because governments have invested in the wrong things. Belief in targets, incentives and inspection; belief in economies of scale and shared back-office services; belief in ‘deliverology… these are all wrong-headed ideas and yet they have underpinned this government’s attempts to reform the public sector.

John Seddon here dissects the changes that have been made in a range of services, including housing benefits, social care and policing. His descriptions beggar belief, though they would be funnier if it wasn’t our money that was being wasted.

In place of the current mess, he advocates a Systems Thinking approach where individuals come first, waste is reduced and responsibility replaces blame. It’s an approach that is proven, successful and relatively cheap - and one that governments around the world, and their advisers, need to adopt urgently.

John Seddon trained originally as an occupational psychologist. He is known around the world for his pioneering work on change in organisations and for translating and adapting the Toyota Production System (TPS) for use by service organisations.

John is also known for his consistently informed and controversial criticism of management fads and of much of the theory that has underpinned public sector reform. He is the leading advocate of systems thinking in business and in the public sector.

John is a widely published author and lectures at seminars conferences, universities and management schools around the world. He is Managing Director of Vanguard Ltd, a consultancy specialising in organisational change, and is a visiting professor at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, University of Cardiff.

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Book : Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (1981)

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

Author(s):Checkland, Peter

Published: 1981 • ISBN: 0471279110 • 344 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Hardback

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Other Versions: 1999

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A classic in the field, this book discusses the interaction between theory and practice of problem-solving methodology. The culmination of a decade of action research aimed at using systems ideas as a help in tackling the ill-structured problems of the real world

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Book : Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (30 Year Retrospective) (1999)

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (30 Year Retrospective)

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

Author(s):Checkland, Peter

Published: 1999 • ISBN: 0471986062 • 416 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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Other Versions: 1981

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Systems Thinking, Systems Practice Whether by design, accident or merely synchronicity, Checkland appears to have developed a habit of writing seminal publications near the start of each decade which establish the basis and framework for systems methodology research for that decade. Hamish Rennie, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 1992.

Thirty years ago Peter Checkland set out to test whether the Systems Engineering (SE) approach, highly successful in technical problems, could be used by managers coping with the unfolding complexities of organizational life. The straightforward transfer of SE to the broader situations of management was not possible, but by insisting on a combination of systems thinking strongly linked to real-world practice Checkland and his collaborators developed an alternative approach - Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) - which enables managers of all kinds and at any level to deal with the subtleties and confusions of the situations they face. This work established the now accepted distinction between ‘hard’ systems thinking, in which parts of the world are taken to be ‘systems’ which can be ‘engineered’, and ‘soft’ systems thinking in which the focus is on making sure the process of inquiry into real-world complexity is itself a system for learning.

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (1981) and Soft Systems Methodology in Action (1990) together with an earlier paper Towards a Systems-based Methodology for Real-World Problem Solving (1972) have long been recognized as classics in the field. Now Peter Checkland has looked back over the three decades of SSM development, brought the account of it up to date, and reflected on the whole evolutionary process which has produced a mature SSM.

SSM: A 30-Year Retrospective, here included with Systems Thinking, Systems Practice closes a chapter on what is undoubtedly the most significant single research programme on the use of systems ideas in problem solving.

Now retired from full-time university work, Peter Checkland continues his research as a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow.

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Book : Systems: Concepts, Methodologies and Applications (1990)

Systems: Concepts, Methodologies and Applications

Categories: Systems Thinking

Tags: bookmodellingsystems thinkingwileywilson

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

Author(s):Wilson, Brian

Published: 1990 • ISBN: 0471927163 • 410 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Hardback

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The author presents the results of his own experience in using systems ideas, assembles a coherent account of their development and application, and examines the relationship of particular systems methodologies and concepts to the nature of the problems encountered.

It emphasizes problem solving and surveys the types of modeling languages appropriate to various parts of a problem spectrum in systems design. Stresses the development of a modeling language and its applications, particularly to the (soft) less well-defined/ill-structured problems, which often require a non-mathematical language based on the concept of a human activity system.

Specific problems in actual situations are discussed, including the design of a services complex, services systems and an operational system, as are the analysis of business information and role analysis.

There is also a study of management control that includes discussion of concepts that illustrate and emphasize the distinction made between management and process control. Features exercises that will help develop skills in picture building and problem solving.

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Course : T306_1 Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach (2000)

T306_1 Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach

Publisher:The Open University

Author(s):—Unknown—

Published: 2000 • Delivery Format: Online (Internet)

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Provided by The Open University under their OpenLearn website as a free study units with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others.

Time: 20 hours
Level: Advanced

From The Open University:

Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This unit examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier to accept that gaps in knowledge can be acceptable.

 

 

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Course : T551_1 Systems Thinking and Practice (1999)

T551_1 Systems Thinking and Practice

Publisher:The Open University

Author(s):—Unknown—

Published: 1999 • Delivery Format: Online (Internet)

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Provided by The Open University under their OpenLearn website as a free study units with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others.

Time: 8 hours
Level: Intermediate

From The Open University:

What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ‘see’ things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This unit will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • develop confidence in using systems concepts and language;
  • describe accurately the set of key systems concepts;
  • understand what is distinctive about systems thinking as opposed to other forms of thinking;
  • understand how systems thinking is useful in analysing and improving situations;
  • understand the notion of a system as a creation of the observer, i.e. as an intellectual construct, as opposed to using the term system in other ways, i.e. as entities that exist ‘out there’;
  • identify and represent systems of interest (that are not ‘out there’).

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Course : TD866_3 Nature Matters: Systems Thinking and Experts (2009)

TD866_3 Nature Matters: Systems Thinking and Experts

Categories: Education

Tags: courseeducationenvironmentopen universitypolicysystems thinkingukuniversity

Publisher:The Open University

Author(s):—Unknown—

Published: 2009 • Delivery Format: Online (Internet)

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Provided by The Open University under their OpenLearn website as a free study units with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others.

Time: 15 hours
Level: Advanced

This unit explores conceptual tools for assisting our thinking and deliberation on what matters. The notion of ‘framing’ nature is introduced and three readings provide an understanding of systems thinking for explicitly framing issues of environmental responsibility.

From The Open University:

This unit explores conceptual tools for assisting our thinking and deliberation on what matters. In Section 1, a reading by Ronald Moore introduces the notion of ‘framing’ nature, raising the perceived paradox of inevitably devaluing an aesthetically pleasing unframed entity. Three further readings, two from Fritjof Capra and one from Werner Ulrick (all of which are quite short and markedly reduced from their original courses), provide an understanding of systems thinking for explicitly framing issues of environmental responsibility. The development of systems literacy (referred to by Capra in terms of ecoliteracy and by Ulrich in terms of critical systems thinking) is explored to counter the sometimes debilitating dualistic positioning on environmental matters alluded to by writers such as Talbott, Light and Higgs amongst many others.

Section 2 focuses more on how conceptual tools can help to inform better policy and action regarding environmental matters. Here, a reading by Robyn Eckersley critically explores the importance and limitations of environmental pragmatism for informing policy. Finally, ideas of cognitive justice are explored in a reading by Shiv Visvanathan, who suggests a need for continually developing constructive space between scientific experts and lay experts in order to inform policy and action on what matters that reflects a wider constituency, and that is more specific to eco-cultural circumstances.

 

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Book : The “Thinking” in Systems Thinking: Seven Essential Skills (2000)

The “Thinking” in Systems Thinking: Seven Essential Skills

Categories: Systems Thinking

Tags: bookpegasusrichmondsystems thinking

Publisher:Pegasus Communications Inc.

Author(s):Richmond, Barry

Published: 2000 • ISBN: 188382348X • 26 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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Why is it so challenging to think systemically? Because systems thinking involves a large number of different skills seven, at least that all require practice.

This guide summarizes the systems thinking method and shows you when to use each skill during the process. It also contrasts the skills with traditional approaches, explains what the skills look like “in action,” and provides tips for everyday practice.

In this newest volume in Pegasus’ bestselling Toolbox Reprint Series, Barry Richmond demystifies the “thinking” in systems thinking. The volume opens with an overview of the seven skills necessary to become a true systems thinker. Then, each two-page spread takes an in-depth look at an individual skill. The seven thinking skills—dynamic, system-as-cause, forest, operational, closed-loop, quantitative, and scientific—are also mapped onto the four-step process that underpins the systems thinking method, so you know when to best employ each skill. Includes plenty of examples of the skills in action, tips for honing the skills, and diagrams to capture key concepts.

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Book : The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity and Problem Solving (1997)

The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity and Problem Solving

Categories: Systems Thinking

Tags: booksystems thinking

Publisher:Thorsons

Author(s):O’Connor, JosephMcDermott, Ian

Published: 1997 • ISBN: 0722534426 • 288 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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Systems thinking goes beyond logic and sees through isolated events to the deeper patterns and connections. This text aims to unlock the mysteries of systems thinking and offer practical suggestions, exercises and tips to help the reader: problem-solve; think laterally; get a large result from a small effort; manage and negotiate with ease; revolutionize their business or life; and acquire essential skills to promote creativity.

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