Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Aug 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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In this extensively revised and updated edition of his classic book, Barry Oshry shows how we can transform “system blindness” into “system sight,” enabling us to live and work together in productive partnership. Based on more than thirty years of research and packed with illustrative cases and solid systems theory on human interaction, Seeing Systems provides a penetrating look at the dynamics of systems and a unique foundation for revolutionizing our understanding of system life. This new edition features an extensive new section on having the wisdom and courage to face and work with the reality of uncertainty, and a new epilogue describing how Oshry is currently using theater, blogs, and podcasts to extend his multi-pronged revolution aimed at transforming system blindness into system sight.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
xi
Overcoming System Blindness
xii
Act I Seeing the Big Picture
1
Act II Seeing Patterns of Relationship
61
Act III Seeing Patterns of Process
129
Act IV Seeing Uncertainty
217
The Next ActSeeing More
259
A Continuing Revolution
261
Notes
267
About the Author
271
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Barry Oshry is the founder of Power + Systems, Inc., developer of the Power Lab and the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership, and the author of Leading Systems.

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