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Systemic thinking : fundamentals for understanding problems and messes

Author: Patrick T Hester; Kevin MacG Adams
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2014.
Series: Topics in safety, reliability, and quality, v. 26.
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Whether you're an academic or a practitioner, a sociologist, a manager, or an engineer, one can benefit from learning to think systemically. Problems (and messes) are everywhere and they're getting more complicated every day. How we think about these problems determines whether or not we'll be successful in understanding and addressing them. This book presents a novel way to think about problems (and messes)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick T Hester; Kevin MacG Adams
ISBN: 9783319076294 3319076299 3319076280 9783319076287
OCLC Number: 884439379
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 241 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Preface --
Part I: A Frame of Reference for Systemic Thinking --
1 Introduction --
2 Problems and Messes --
3 Systemic Thinking --
4 Systems Theory --
Part II: A Methodology for Systemic Thinking --
5 The Who of Systemic Thinking --
6 The What of Systemic Thinking --
7 The Why of Systemic Thinking --
8 The Where of Systemic Thinking --
9 The How of Systemic Thinking --
10 The When of Systemic Thinking --
11 Putting It All Together-A Systemic Perspective --
Appendix A: Systemic Thinking Self-Assessment --
Index.
Series Title: Topics in safety, reliability, and quality, v. 26.
Responsibility: Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams.

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Whether you're an academic or a practitioner, a sociologist, a manager, or an engineer, one can benefit from learning to think systemically. Problems (and messes) are everywhere and they're getting more complicated every day. How we think about these problems determines whether or not we'll be successful in understanding and addressing them. This book presents a novel way to think about problems (and messes) necessary to attack these always-present concerns. The approach draws from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, biology, and psychology to provide a holistic method for dealing with problems that can be applied to any discipline. This book develops the systemic thinking paradigm, and introduces practical guidelines for the deployment of a systemic thinking approach.

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