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geoff elliott
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
- PLANNING SCHOOL - systems thinking is a holistic approach to planning complex systems. Pioneers of this approach include C. W. Churchman and russ ackoff. - SYSTEM DYNAMICS SCHOOL - Systems thinking looks at the cause-effect and feedback loops that drive complex systems. Pioneers of this approach include Jay Forrester, Donella Meadows. Organizational cybernetics school - STAFFORD BEER'S VIABLE SYSTEMS MODEL (VSM) which applies systems thinking to organizational design, focusing on the management of variety to achieve long-term viability. Builds on the work of Norbert Wiener and Ross Ashby . - ORGANIZATION LEARNING SCHOOL - Popularized by Peter Senge, largely based on earlier work by Chris Argyris and Donald Schon, but also drawing on the work of Forrester. - SOFT SYSTEM/SENSEMAKING SCHOOL - Sees systems as mental constructs rather than physical constructs and systems thinking as an ongoing process of enquiry to improve shared understanding. The Pioneers include Peter Checkland an (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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