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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