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An Introduction To Systems Thinking

This Prezi introduces the participant to Russ Ackoff's Heirarchy of Mental Content and Systems Thinking. The difference between analytical and system thinking are briefly presented, and examples of systems thinking are given.

George Casey

on 6 June 2017

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Transcript of An Introduction To Systems Thinking

Ackoff, R.L., "From Data to Wisdom, Journal of Applied Sytems, Volume 16, 1989, pp.3-9
Universal System
Global Economic, Geo-Political, Environmental Systems
Mechanical Systems
Organic Systems
Social Systems
Personality Systems
Conceptual System of Strategic Intelligence
Solar Systems
An Introduction to Systems Thinking
Hierarchy of Intelligence
A system is composed of parts.
All the parts of a system must be related (directly or indirectly); otherswise there are really two or more distinct systems.
The boundary of a system is a decision made by an observer, or a group of observers.
A system can be nested inside another system.
A system can overlap with another system.
A system is bounded in time.
A system is bounded in space,
though the parts are not necessarily co-located.
A system receives input from, and sends output into,
the wider environment.
A system consists of processes
that transform inputs into outputs.
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Take Away Activities
1. Next time you are working with your "to do list", notice how the items interact. How does that influence the sequence and way you tackle that list.

2. Use either the 9S or 4P models to think about your operation, department, or organization. How well do the parts interact with each other to support your purpose or strategy?

3. Identify the kind of systems your organization overlaps with or has nested within it. How well are those systems and your organization interacting?

4. What is your leadership philosophy? What types of systems do you lead? How do they interact? How does your philosophy address the variety of interacting systems you lead?

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