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Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide

Reynolds, Martin and Holwell, Sue eds. (2010). Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide. London: Springer.

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In a world of increasing complexity, instant information availability and constant flux, systems approaches provide the opportunity of a tangible anchor of purpose and iterative learning. The five approaches outlined in the book offer a range of interchangeable tools with rigorous frameworks of application tried and tested in the ‘real world’. The frameworks of each approach form a powerful toolkit to explore the dynamics of how societies emerge, how organisations create viability, how to facilitate chains of argument through causal mapping, how to embrace a multiplicity of perspectives identifying purposeful activity and how to look for the bigger picture across multiple disciplines.

Systems Approaches offers an excellent first introduction for those seeking to understand what ‘systems thinking’ is all about as well as why the tools discussed herein should be applied to management and professional practice. This book provides a practical guide, and the chapters stand alone in explaining and developing each approach.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
ISBN: 1-84882-808-X, 978-1-84882-808-7
Extra Information: Contents:

Chapter 1: Introducing systems approaches (Martin Reynolds and Sue Holwell)

Chapter 2: System dynamics (John Morecroft)

Chapter 3: The viable system model (Patrick Hoverstadt)

Chapter 4: Strategic Options Development and Analysis (Fran Ackermann and Colin Eden)

Chapter 5: Soft systems methodology (Peter Checkland and John Poulter)

Chapter 6: Critical Systems Heuristics (Werner Ulrich and Martin Reynolds)

Chapter 7: Epilogue: systems approaches and systems practice (Martin Reynolds and Sue Holwell)

Keywords: change management; multiple perspectives; systems approach; systems practice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 21297
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 14:53
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:35
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