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"Systems thinking (PDF) is the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole...Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing 'problems' as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific part, outcomes or events and potentially contributing to further development of unintended consequences."
posted by JoeXIII007 (25 comments total)
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Some notable people in the field of systems thinking include W. Edwards Deming (Previously on Ed Deming
), who used his approach to build the auto industry in Japan from basically nothing
, and with respect to systems wrote in his book The New Economics
"What is a system? A system is a network of interdependent components that work together to try to accomplish the aim of the system. A system must have an aim. Without an aim, there is no system. The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment. (We are of course talking here about a man-made system.)"
He also wrote how many economies are living off the "fat" of non-renewable resources.
There is Peter Senge
, writer of the book "The Fifth Discipline"
, "a senior lecturer at the System Dynamics Group at MIT Sloan School of Management, and co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute."
Lastly there is Donella Meadows
, author of the very accessible book "Thinking in Systems"
, which includes discussion of system archetypes (PDF)
such as the Limits of Growth.