Monthly Archives: February 2012

Systems narratives

Why at all is systems thinking necessary, explained simply? Several systems thinkers have pondered this question and have come up with some neat little narratives. Let me mention two of these explanations, one by Terence Love (Curtin University, Australia) and … Continue reading

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A systemic concept map of the European debt crisis

The European debt crisis has dominated the headlines for the best part of the past 8 or 10 months. By now, it is hard to find a layman who is not an expert in the matter, nor is it easy … Continue reading

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Concept maps: is there a difference with mind maps?

One might wonder if concept maps are any different from mind maps, or spray diagrams as they are called sometimes. According to one source (Open University course T552) they are at least very similar. In the same course material we … Continue reading

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Integrating systems thinking and concept mapping

“Shifting the burden” is one of the eight original archetypes of systems thinking. It shows that actions taken to reduce problem symptoms can reduce the ability to take action for the long term. Examples of this common (management) trap abound, … Continue reading

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Systems notation can expand the propositional toolbox of concept mapping

The plus and minus signs in systems notation must be read as conditional propositions. So – in this post’s picture of systems notation in a small concept map – if the furnace operation is increased, the temperature will go up. … Continue reading

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How (and why) to represent systems archetypes in concept maps

Causal loop diagrams can help us understand interconnected situations. They are central to the discipline of systems dynamics and have been applied in different sciences and in business management. Systems archetypes are common forms of causal loop diagrams. In the … Continue reading

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