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Who were the key system thinkers of the 80's, 90's and 00's?

Information sourced from System Thinkers at LinkedIn Group System Thinkers World

Roger Parker

on 24 April 2012

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Transcript of Who were the key system thinkers of the 80's, 90's and 00's?

Systems thinking - a chronology of systems thinkers, themes and events
Cybernetics (FOC)
Dynamics (SD)
Soft and
critical systems (SS and CS)
2nd order
cybernetics (SOC)
Complexity (Com)
systems (LS)
Geoffrey Vickers
Howard T. Odum
Peter Senge
Werner Ulrich
Michael Jackson
Peter Checkland
Humberto Maturana
Stafford Beer
Heinz von Foerster
James Lovelock
Ilya Prigogine
Stuart Kauffman
Donald A Schon
Chris Argyris
Mary Bateson
Ilya Prigogine
James Lovelock
Stuart Kauffman
Contemporary ST
John Seddon
Jamshid Gharajedaghi
John A Zachman
John Seddon
Barry Clemson
Gilles Deleuze
Adrian Bejan
John D Sterman
John D. Sterman
Gerald M Weinberg
The book "System Thinkers" by Ramage and Shipp profiles 30 system thinkers
Theory (GST)
If you look at this map by Brian Castellani you can see that Complexity Science and Systems Thinking have common roots.
But who were the key systems thinkers
of the 80's, 90's and 00's?

System thinking -
thinkers, themes and events
Robert Pirsig
Dave Snowden
Ernst von Glaserfeld
Ludwig von Bertalanffy
Kenneth E. Boulding
Jay W. Forrester
Donella H. Meadows
Margaret Mead
W. Ross Ashby
Warren S. McCulloch
Gregory Bateson
Norbert Wiener
Kurt Lewin
Eric Trist
C West Churchman
Russell Ackoff
Who were the key systems thinkers
of the 80's, 90's and 00's?
Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management
Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
"Learning from Evidence in a Complex World"
American Journal of Public Health | March 2006, Vol 96, No. 3
"Systems Thinkers" by Magnus Ramage and Karen Shipp profiles of 30 influential system thinkers. 18 appear on Brian Castellani's map.

They, more or less, fall into 7 theme groups

For the first draft of a Map of Systems Thinkers I included the 30 System Thinkers from Magnus and Shipp...

...together with another 13 nominated by members of System Thinkers World
For the second draft I've started adding in key ideas...they needs some further refinement.
Map of Systems Thinkers II
Map of Systems Thinkers I
W. Edwards Deming*
John R. Boyd*
Another source was this timeline which
identifies just 9 key STs. I've highlighted them
in the second draft. They suceeded in combining cybernetics, general systems theory, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and soft systems methodology

C. West Churchman made contributions thoughout a long career
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