What is systems thinking? How does systems thinking apply to organizational management?
Systems thinking is a holistic approach to system analysis that focuses on examining the system as a whole by looking into how its constituent parts relate to one another. In systems thinking management, information is shared freely across the organization’s functions to facilitate collaboration.
Keep reading to learn about systems thinking in management.
Mikael Seppala on the Systems Change Finland Slack says:
UNDP has systems at the forefront of their 2022-2025 strategy. cc @Arnaldo Pellini“UNDP works with countries to expand people’s choices for a fairer, sustainable future, to build the world envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with planet and people in balance. The challenge of the next four years is to accelerate and scale up development results significantly, bringing the Goals back within reach. Towards that end, UNDP will support change in three directions:• Structural transformation, particularly green, inclusive and digital transitions; • Leaving no one behind, a rights-based approach centred on human agency and human development; • Building resilience to respond to systemic uncertainty and risk.These are huge, whole-of-society puzzles that require collective efforts and integrated approaches. UNDP offers a unique network of global reach and local presence, sectoral expertise and trusted partnerships to help solve these puzzles. In the next four years, UNDP will work with countries to expand human capabilities through which 100 million people can escape multidimensional poverty; support access to clean energy for 500 million people; support 800 million people to participate in elections, many for the first time; and promote the investment of over $1 trillion of public expenditure and private capital in the Sustainable Development Goals.Powerful enablers – strategic innovation, digitalization and development finance – will further accelerate and scale results. To be an effective partner in transformative change, UNDP has to build not just new skills, like systems thinking, but a new culture: one that embraces complexity, actively manages risk, continually adapts and seeks to learn alongside delivering results. In an uncertain world, its business model must empower UNDP to respond to partners with the flexibility and at the scale they expect.”
My earlier use of ‘reblog’ in WordPress didn’t make it clear that this blog is from a valued colleague, not myself. I will be more careful in future. The link does go to Belinda’s blog: https://bit.ly/3kMyGov
A short reflection on the relevance of cancer to systems thinking
Since I was diagnosed with cancer 9 weeks ago I’ve thought a lot about what my experience can teach me about complexity and systems. Not every day. Some days I’ve curled up into a small ball, and wished cancer – and the diabetes that it caused, and the chemo that accompanies it, and the existential questions about life, death and the pursuit of happiness – would all just go away. But I was a systems thinker before I was a cancer patient. I see connections everywhere. I work with people trying to develop systems leadership approaches, explore systems thinking and gather evidence about how it is to work in uncertain, complex and volatile contexts.
Much of what I’m going through has relevance for systems work.
#1: Complex Identities
Taking up a systems leadership role isn’t a binary choice. Leaders…
Technology has no Curriculum (How to teach fish about water)
If there is a central tension in the wrestling match between technology/digitalization and Universities, it is that the curriculum is the central pillar of educational organisation, and the web organises itself quite differently. The online world is the epitome of self-organisation – it is no accident that the systems theorists whose work gave rise to the technology also produced the constructivist epistemology which described how natural systems needed no rigid blueprint for their development.
Understanding Systems – a very short introduction. Part 2 ’Seeking insight; Tools, Techniques, Methods, and Methodologies.’ This is designed for colleagues new to systems as well as those wanting to renew their knowledge.
Following the great success of the first workshop we are pleased to announce a further series for next year, our speakers will be:Dr Christine Welch – January 2022 Pavla Kramarova – April 2022 Dr Shavindrie Cooray – May 2022 Please look out for further notices.
The field of Leadership and Organisation Development is nearly entirely based currently on Technical or Psychological principles. Our Leadership and HR Development programs are captivated with this. I am an adult educator and psychologist so of course I think this has a place, but currently it’s too all consuming. We need to carve out space for Ecological principles.
In a recent workshop I was running for HR Executives on Systems Thinking and Complexity all the members of the team said this was the first time they had been introduced to this thinking in the context of organisations and their role of HR. They had learnt a lot about HR systems, people and people management, but not much, if anything about complexity principles, networks and ecosystems and how they function. Organisations are networks in ecosystems and so this is a BIG blind spot for the field – no?
Organisational Psychology is well established, AND now we need to develop a new field of Organisational Ecology? Grow Organisational Ecologists? Not necessarily as jobs people have, but as roles people can take up, or could it be a profession?
Joan Lurie, Founder and CEO of Orgonomix will be presenting her hypothesis on this at this live webinar.
The webinar is free but if you would like to make a donation to reforestnow.org.au when you register ($5 equals one tree planted), we will pass that onto them with joy for the good of our whole ecology.
Established in 2020, the Global Sustainable Futures: Progress through Partnerships Network (GSFN) materialised out of the need to connect Global South with Global North and co-address the pressing challenges to sustainable futures through constructive partnerships.
The network is looking forward to full-fledged collaborative and interactive activities and co-creation of knowledge and practices beyond national borders and academic disciplines, contributing to achieving and realising the SDGs Agenda 2030 and beyond. The network is committed to creating collaboration/partnerships across the low-, middle- and high-income countries, reaching out through its coordinators to secure globally sustainable futures that are urgent and important.
The network has planned an engaging, interactive, inclusive, and enthusiastic networking and capacity development programme, starting from the first day of 2021.
Currently, the network comprises 700 coordinators from 101 countries. The group is inclusive and accessible for academics, scholars, like-minded, system thinkers, innovation practitioners, change-makers, and creative voices, from all disciplines who want to enable sustainable transitions for future generations in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The network aims to forge connections outside of academia through institutionalising university partnerships with governments and communities in addressing pressing challenges and transforming societies.
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