How To Choose Systems Methods
This paper builds on David Alman’s (2012) Systems Thinking World LinkedIn discussion “How do I figure out which System thinking method or model is appropriate to the situation I’m trying to figure out how to deal with?” In this paper I restrict myself to social systems, e.g. organizations, tribes, grassroots movements and regions such as communities or nations. The problem is reformulated to reflect some fundamental constraints.
I then discuss five commonly used approaches to selecting methods:
2. Action Research,
4. Developing Viability, and
5. Rational Decision Framework.