Search Results for: inter-relationships, perspectives, boundaries

Linear and non-linear causality

Systems thinking and the nature of reality Complexity Labs         In my last post I made use of a concept map of linear management, which I had made in January 2013. It was fairly neat and simple and all that with … Continue reading

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The iceberg metaphor for systems

A simple model for system ontology and epistemology Two systems intertwined      In the posts of the CSL4D website I combine concept mapping with systems thinking for greater clarity of understanding of the latter. The concept map in this post is … Continue reading

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Transcending realism and idealism

One more way for understanding Churchman’s systems approach The first six categories of Churchman’s categorical scheme are rather evident: client, purpose, measures of performance, decision-maker, components and environment. I must add that what many may not realize is that Churchman … Continue reading

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Wicked Solutions

Wicked Solutions: a systems approach to complex problems A book by Bob Williams and Sjon van ’t Hof Inter-relationships, perspectives, and boundaries …     are the three basic systems concepts that are used in this newly released book (June 12, … Continue reading

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Definitions of systems and systems thinking

There are no simple definitions of systems and systems thinking (Monat & Gannon 2015) that are sufficiently rich to clarify what they are essentially about. So instead, I will offer a circumscriptive definition in three parts and add a small … Continue reading

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A systems approach to address wicked problems

My last post was about the use of three basic systems concepts (inter-relationships, boundaries, perspectives) in evaluation design. The post before that was about C. West Churchman’s last great book ‘The systems approach and its enemies’ (1979). In this post … Continue reading

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Systems thinking for evaluation design

Video transcript, summary, and concept map In March, 2015, Bob Williams, the main author of Wicked Solutions and several other books on systems thinking, gave a 2-day workshop “Wicked Solutions: A Systems Approach to Complex Problems” on the use of … Continue reading

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Notes to video interview with Churchman

In one of my last blog posts I added a link to my transcript of a two-hour video interview with C. West Churchman, a well-known American systems philosopher. I said that the interview could serve as an introduction to Churchman’s … Continue reading

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Good Will and the Philosopher-King

Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leaders genuinely and adequately philosophize … cities will have no rest from evils, nor will the human race. Read essay as PDF             … Continue reading

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A general framework for systems methods

Expanding the iceberg metaphor for systems System ontology and epistemology       Last week I used concept mapping to show the relationships between two systems models: (1) a general ontological system model using the iceberg metaphor (in yellow); and (2) a general … Continue reading

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