System Archetype 2: Limits to Growth

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Ignatius D, Manager, India
Description of Limits to Growth One of the is "Limits to Growth". This archetype is a systematic representation of the "Law of Diminishing Returns"-principle. It states that if you try to grow at a high pace there will eventually be some limiting condition(s) that will limit your growth. These limiting conditions will lead to slowing the action and the system will grow at a slower pace. With each effort to grow faster, the limiting condition will add even more resistance hence stopping the growth. In some extreme conditions, this growth may even reverse itself and begin an accelerating collapse. The growth phase is caused by reinforcing actions while the slowing is caused by the balancing act which is brought in as the growth limit is approached. This limit can be a resource or a bottleneck caused in a production line, etc. The accelerating collapse (if it occurs) occurs when some reinforcing action takes place in reverse. Early Warning Symptoms of Limits to Growth If you feel (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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