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Systems Thinking and System Dynamics

Top : Systems Thinking and System Dynamics - Western society tends to break things down into parts to understand them, but that process doesn't reflect the reality and complexity of how things work in real life. Thinking in systems and understanding system dynamics is a way to approach problems and process differently.


  • A synopsis of systemic leadership By na
    A great introduction to systemic leadership which involves the process of looking at leadership as part of larger systems. (Added: 27-Apr-2015 Hits: 239 )
  • Leadership Ė a case of systemic failure? PDF By William Tate
    Suggests that we're understanding more and more about how supposed leadership failures are as much about system failures as they are about individuals failing, and causing tragedies. (Added: 27-Apr-2015 Hits: 224 )
  • Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice By George Ambler
    One of the few people addressing the intersection of leadership and systems thinking, this article explains the link, and two tools for bringing the two together for leaders - including the iceberg model. (Added: 27-Apr-2015 Hits: 227 )
  • The historical link between systems thinking and leadership By na
    Some people challenge the application of systems thinking (ST) to improving the leadership process. They consider this grand, unnecessarily complicating, or jargonistic. 'Canít we just call it holistic', some say. Here is a response to that charge. (Added: 27-Apr-2015 Hits: 376 )
  • Think, Manage and Lead Systemically By William Tate
    The article's central claim is that 'individual competence is important but not sufficient to make organisations successful. Only systemic thinking can ensure that the organisational whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' Most leadership training and development activity puts the parts before the whole, often failing to show interest in the whole. The article exploits the popular concept of assuming that good naturally 'trickles down' from those who have to those who need. With this in mind, William Tate's article suggests that individual manager development possesses mythical trickle up status; i.e. that the organisation as a whole will automatically improve from investment in the individual. The call is always for more of this type of development, rather than targeting interventions on the organisation. The problem is: this alternative target often isn't recognised as constituting a choice. (Added: 27-Apr-2015 Hits: 222 )
  • What is Systems Thinking By Gene Bellinger
    A systems view is somewhat in contradiction with the concept of Analysis, which is breaking things down into smaller pieces to simplify the study. Analysis is an important technique, though brings with it the risk of potentially losing the most relevant emergent characteristics of the system, and possibly developing a less than sufficient understanding. On the other hand, Synthesis is the combining of two or more parts to create something different from the original parts. (Added: 3-Dec-2009 Hits: 919 )

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