“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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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]
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:
- Burrell, Gibson, and Gareth Morgan. 1979. Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis: Elements of the Sociology of Corporate Life. Ashgate. [Google Scholar Search] [Google Books 1979 edition, snippet view] [Google Books 2017 edition, preview]
- Jackson, Michael C. 2003. Systems Thinking: Creative Holism for Managers. Wiley Chichester. [Google Scholar Search] [Google Books 2003 edition, no preview] [Google Books 2017 revised edition, no preview]