An Introductory Guide to Systems Thinking
David Kerr, Rhodes Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics Department of Clinical Pharmacology Radcliffe Infirmary David Kerr
eBookIt.com, Aug 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 27 pages
The world around us is comprised of systems - organisational systems, business systems, political systems, family systems, inter-personal systems, biological systems, economic systems - the list goes on.
This eBook, written by an experienced systems thinker and consultant, helps the reader develop an appreciation of the nature of systems - what they comprise of, how they function, how they sustain and organize themselves and what they influence and are influenced by.
With this knowledge people and organisations can obtain a greater understanding of themselves and can develop the ability to identify the structure of problems and make interventions with far greater skill and precision.
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The description of this book suggests the author provides an adequate definition of systems in the world -- "organisational systems, business systems, political systems, family systems, inter-personal systems, biological systems, economic systems" -- and explains how the universal nature of the development of these systems can be applied to organizations to help them run at an optimal level.
In my estimation, the author completely fails to explain the universal nature of systems/networks/emergence. He spends the majority of the book trying to explain how to apply systems thinking to organizations, but I am not convinced he understands systems thinking to begin with. So why bother?