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Ignatius D, Manager, India
Systems archetypes are models that describe patterns of organization that keep recurring. They are helpful to show, explain and gain deeper insights into certain patterns of behavior of a system under observation. We can use them to answer questions like: "Why are we observing some particular problem over time again and again? History of System Archetypes System archetypes were studied since 1960s and 1970s by Jay Forrester, Dennis Meadows, Donella Meadows, and others in the nascent field of . In his popular 1990 book, "", Peter Senge coined the term "system archetypes" and, along with Michael Goodman, Charles Kiefer, and Jenny Kemeny, documented a set of the most common patterns of behavior in organizations that have a tendency of recurring. Below you find a list of 10 archetypes which can be observed in a typical organization. As a manager or consultant, you can compare the problem your organization is facing with the archetypes given below and then deal with them to make the (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Piero Mella, Teacher, Italy
 

Senge's List of Archetypes and Others

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