Systems Thinking Ontario – 2019-09-16 – Critical Systems Thinking

“The systems thinking community has an ecology of approaches. How can we make sense of when and where we might apply specific theories and/or methods?”

 

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Source: Systems Thinking Ontario – 2019-09-16

2019-09-16

September 16 (the third Monday of the month, taking account of schools starting up!) is the 71st meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://systems-paradigms.eventbrite.com

The systems thinking community has an ecology of approaches. How can we make sense of when and where we might apply specific theories and/or methods?

Intervening in human systems has been a focus of Critical Systems Thinking. Categorizations of systems paradigms began with roots by Burrell & Morgan (1979), with four paradigms for the analysis of social theory. [SVG] [ODG]

A similar form can be seen in a grid of “ideal-type” problem contexts in Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]

In a System of Systems Methodologies, systems approaches can be related to problem contexts in Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]

Venue:

  • TBD

Suggested pre-reading:

Reading more systems thinking texts may not help your understanding! This is why we have Systems Thinking Ontario meetings. For the diligent, the principal references cited above are:

Agenda

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Post-meeting artifacts

Enthusiasts may be interested in further background from Burrell & Morgan (1979).

A scheme for analysing assumptions on the nature of social science. [SVG] [ODG]

Two theories of society: “order” and “conflict” [SVG] [ODG]

The regulation-radical change dimension [SVG] [ODG]

Source: Systems Thinking Ontario – 2019-09-16