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Critical System Heuristics : a very, very short introduction

The last of the five systems approaches of Systems approaches to managing change (Reynolds & Holwell, 2010) deals with critical system heuristics (CSH), which was mostly developed by Werner Ulrich. For those of us who like Joseph Novak’s work: CSH … Continue reading

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Real objectives, value and the systems approach

Client-purpose relationships, unfolding, evaluation and systemic agency It’s always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumptions. (Churchman, 1968: ix) What proof exists of any real, actual value added by the systems approach? At the beginning of … Continue reading

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From efficacy to efficiency to effectiveness

Four approaches and two meanings of ‘approach’ When I first read Churchman’s ‘The systems approach’ I was missing a bit of structure to let everything fall into place. I went on to read more of his books and other systems … Continue reading

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Philosophic inquiring systems

The foundations of the systems approach Churchman (1971, p. 17-18) suggests that “.. we can regard the history of epistemology [..] as a description of how learning can be designed and how the design can be justified. This way of … Continue reading

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Goal seeking by the systems approach

Its rationale, its structure, its application, and its definition There are many ways of explaining the systems approach, but it is difficult to find a way that enables quick understanding and acceptance. While reading Churchman’s ‘The design of inquiring systems’ … Continue reading

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Systems, design and inquiry

Two more concept maps, like it or not Yesterday I started rereading Churchman’s 1971 book on “The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization.” The opening chapter introduces a few basic concepts, such as system, design and … Continue reading

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Rules of thumb and leverage points

How to link them to the workings of the systems approach? Inter-relationships          “So it’s all about inter-relationships?” somebody asked me, after I had tried to explain the systems approach. “Well, yes,” I replied, “but it’s also about Kauffman’s rules of … Continue reading

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The problem may be people

Yet, we mustn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater Relating Systems Thinking and Design   … is the title of a symposium held in Banff, Canada on September 1, 2015. The keynote was delivered by Don Norman, whose work mostly … Continue reading

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What is it with the systems approach?

… and explaining what it is about and how it works? Yes, what indeed?       This post presents one more explanation of the systems approach. I am convinced that everybody does it – I mean the systems approach (in a probably … Continue reading

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Dutch education reform controversies

And the issue of how to develop critical global citizenship This post discusses the possible contribution of the systems approach, whether in the form of critical heuristics or otherwise, to the development of critical global citizenship as a key skill … Continue reading

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