Category Archives: Systems thinking

A generic rural innovation model [GRIM]

Or, how to take the wicked problems of the world´s rural poor seriously Aim blog    Over the past few days I have been doing some soul-searching about the meaning of this blog and where it is supposed to lead? Or, … Continue reading

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f-Lawed molehills

What could possibly be wrong with making mountains out of molehills? Management f-Laws Systems theorist Russell Ackoff and two of his co-authors (Herbert J. Addison and Sally Bibb) invented the term “f-Laws” in 2006 to describe their collection of aphoristic … Continue reading

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Cynefin framework in brief

How can Cynefin enhance management in the face of chaos and complexity? Cynefin intro Cynefin proposes certain principles that decision makers can apply to understand and take action (practice) in different types of situations, viz. involving simple, complicated, complex, or … Continue reading

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Social network analysis

How to change the pattern of resource flow relations to improve overall network outcome? Description Social Network Analysis (SNA) maps and analyses social systems. Social systems consist of actors and their relationships. The actors can be people, groups, or organizations. … Continue reading

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CSL4D : aim

Concept & Systems Learning for Design             CSL4D is an informal, private initiative for exploring the combined use of concept mapping and systems thinking for learning in business, development, and education. Originally, the D in CSL4D stood … 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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