Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide
Reynolds, Martin, Holwell, Sue (Eds.)
2010, XIV, 309 p. 112 illus.
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The five distinct approaches are explained with a clear rationale for choosing from amongst the five, and using a common template for ease of comparison. Other compilations attempt to be very inclusive of the field, more academic in approach and consequently not as accessible to the practising manager.
In a world of increasing complexity, instant information availability and constant flux, systems approaches provide the opportunity of a tangible anchor of purpose and iterate 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.
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »Change Management - Multiple Perspectives - System - System Dynamics - Systems Approach - Systems Practice - Viable System Model