An Introductory Guide to Systems Thinking

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eBookIt.com, Aug 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 27 pages
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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?
 

Contents

Contents Introduction
An Overview
Purpose and Complexity
Stocks Flows and Feedback
System Behaviour and Change
Complexity and Time
Interventions
Bringing It All Together Closing Thoughts About Watt Works Consulting
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About the author (2012)

David Kerr is the founder and Managing Director of Watt Works Consulting Ltd. He has nearly 20 years experience gained in senior consulting and board-level positions in the IT and management consulting sector. David is adept at delivering large-scale performance improvement, business and IT change across a variety of industries and has a passion for developing the potential of both people and organisations.€ ̈€ ̈€ ̈€ ̈He is an experienced consultant, executive and business coach, trainer and independent facilitator with specific expertise in systems thinking, organisational diagnosis and assessment, organisation development (OD), change management, programme and project management, strategy, facilitation, creativity, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), branding, marketing and business development.€ ̈€ ̈€ ̈ He has an AMBA accredited MBA (2003), is a registered Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Advanced Practitioner, registered Prince2 Practitioner and registered Management of Risk (MoR) Practitioner with the APM Group. David is also an accredited NLP Master Practitioner, NLP Trainer and an independent facilitator and coach. He has a Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), a Member of the Professional Guild of NLP, a Member of Systems and Cybernetics in Organisations (SCiO) and a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).