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Systemic Thinking

Fundamentals for Understanding Problems and Messes

  • Patrick T. Hester
  • Kevin MacG. Adams

Part of the Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality book series (TSRQ, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. A Frame of Reference for Systemic Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 3-21
    3. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 23-34
    4. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG. Adams
      Pages 35-50
    5. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 51-78
  3. A Methodology for Systemic Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 81-102
    3. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 103-123
    4. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 125-153
    5. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 155-171
    6. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 173-197
    7. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 199-218
    8. Patrick T. Hester, Kevin MacG Adams
      Pages 219-233
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 235-241

About this book

Introduction

Whether you’re an academic or a practitioner, a sociologist, a manager, or an engineer, one can benefit from learning to think systemically.  Problems (and messes) are everywhere and they’re getting more complicated every day.  How we think about these problems determines whether or not we’ll be successful in understanding and addressing them.  This book presents a novel way to think about problems (and messes) necessary to attack these always-present concerns.  The approach draws from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, biology, and psychology to provide a holistic method for dealing with problems that can be applied to any discipline.

This book develops the systemic thinking paradigm, and introduces practical guidelines for the deployment of a systemic thinking approach.

Keywords

Complex Systems Holistic Problem Solving Systemic Approach Systemic Thinking

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick T. Hester
    • 1
  • Kevin MacG. Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Engineering Management and Systems Eng.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Information Technology and Conputer ScienceUniversity of Maryland University CollegeAdelphiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07629-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07628-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07629-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0443
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0285
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