Monthly Archives: May 2012

Will we overshoot and collapse?

If ever an organization made an impression on public opinion with system dynamics it was the Club of Rome with The Limits the¬†Growth, which sold 12 million copies since its publication in 1972. Last week, Jorgen Randers, who has been … Continue reading

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Systems approaches compared

Having studied 5 systems approaches over the past one-and-a-half month or so, the question of their field of application popped up. The 5 approaches were (the links refer to earlier posts): SODA (Strategic Options Development and Analysis), VSM (Viable Systems … Continue reading

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Where is the systems part in SSM?

After having had a look at the previous post, which dealt with soft systems methodology (SSM), one might wonder: where is the systems part in SSM? Luckily, its developer, Peter Checkland, does not tire of explaining its fundamentals. The first … Continue reading

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Soft systems methodology

This post summarizes chapter 5 of Systems approaches to managing change : a practical guide. It is about soft systems methodology (SSM) and was written by its originator, Peter Checkland, and John Poulter, a practitioner. The focus question of my … Continue reading

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