"Systemic thinking" is the process of understanding how systemsinfluence one another within a world of systems and has beendefined as an approach to problem solving by viewing "problems" asparts of an overall system, rather than reacting to a specificpart, outcome, or event.
This book provides a complete overview of systemic thinking,exploring a framework and graphical technique for understanding andidentifying new ways to more efficiently solve problems and createsolutions. Demystifying the conjunction of systems concepts andsystemic diagramming techniques, this comprehensive pocket guideintroduces and explains the basis of systemigrams, how to create asystemigram and a SystemiShow, illuminates multiple complexproblems, and provides an overview of what purpose they serve fortoday's industry professionals.
Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds ofSystems:
- Includes illustrative systemigrams and case studies
- Includes the SystemiTool software, developed by theauthors
- Provides an overview of systemic thinking, particularly withregard to systemigrams
- Incorporates graphical representations of systemigrams
- Instructs how and when to implement a systemigram when aproblem arises
An invaluable book for industryprofessionals—specifically, technical leaders in industry andbusiness trying to confront complex problems—SystemicThinking is also ideal for postgraduate students in engineeringand business management.
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About the Author
JOHN BOARDMAN is Principal of John Boardman Associates, aconsultancy and training provider specializing in applied systemicthinking. He was formerly Distinguished Service Professor atStevens Institute of Technology, where he is now Adjunct Professorin the School of Systems and Enterprises.
BRIAN SAUSER is an Associate Professor of ComplexLogistics Systems at the University of North Texas. He previouslymanaged an applied research and development laboratory in lifesciences and engineering at the NASA Johnson Space Center and wasthe Program Director of the New Jersey NASA Specialized Center ofResearch and Training before joining Stevens Institute ofTechnology. He was also a Project Specialist with ASRCAerospace.
Table of Contents
LIST OF SYSTEMIGRAMS ix
LIST OF FIGURES xiii
LIST OF TABLES xv
JOURNEY I SYSTEMIC FAILURE 1
1 WHERE WE START FROM 3
2 SYSTEMIC INTRODUCTION 6
3 RAINING ON MY CASCADE 11
4 IT’S THE WHOLE, STUPID! 16
5 THE ANSWER IS . . . PIONEER ACORN PANCAKES? 23
JOURNEY II SYSTEMIC IDEAS: THE CONCEPTAGON 29
6 FRAMEWORKS 31
7 THE CONCEPTAGON 35
8 BOUNDARIES, INTERIORS, AND EXTERIORS 38
9 PARTS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND WHOLES 46
10 INPUTS, OUTPUTS, AND TRANSFORMATIONS 57
11 CONTROL, COMMAND, AND COMMUNICATION 62
12 STRUCTURE, PROCESS, AND FUNCTION 76
13 VARIETY, PARSIMONY, AND HARMONY 86
14 OPENNESS, HIERARCHY, AND EMERGENCE 93
JOURNEY III SYSTEMIC MAPS: SYSTEMIGRAMS 99
15 WHAT . . .101
16 WHY . . .120
17 WHEN . . .140
18 HOW . . .158
19 WHO . . .183
20 WHERE . . .204
21 TO ARRIVE WHERE WE STARTED 233