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Take a look at feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc.

Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop.

Draw on the background readings in constructing your diagnosis. Within each of these feedback loops there are opportunities for learning and improvement.

REQUIRED READING:
Refer to the background readings on System Feedback Loops.

Bellinger, G. (2004) Introduction to systems thinking. Retrieved from http://www.systems-thinking.org/intst/int.htm

Larsen, K., McInerney, C., Nyquist, C., Santos, A., & Silsbee, D. (1996) Learning Organizations (Part VI: Systems Thinking) Retrieved from http://leeds-faculty.colorado.edu/larsenk/learnorg/index.html

ASSIGNMENT:
Present two cases.

For each Feedback Loop (Balancing and Reinforcing) Make a Case for the Learning Opportunities.

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Organizational Learning Theory

Humans have attempted to learn more about their surroundings by breaking a complex whole down into individual components for hundreds of years. This is what the scientific method is all about-break a problem into pieces and study them. However, some problems cannot be divided into components-when each component depends on each of the others, they cannot be separated and accurately studied. This is the idea behind systems thinking and organizational learning theory. Focused on the "primacy of the whole," systems thinking attempts to capture the cyclic and interdependent relationships between components.

Feedback Loops

This is not to suggest that one can merely "try harder" and therefore understand a complex problem as a whole. An interdependent system must still be broken down into smaller, more easily understood parts-if for no other reason than to provide a picture we're capable of focusing on. The feedback loop is such a focal point in systems theory. Instead of taking a fragmented snapshot of a relationship, feedback loops read like a flip-book of interactions, (Larsen, McInerney, Nyquist, Santos, & Silsbee, 1996). It ...

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Illustrates the use of feedback loops-- both balancing and feedback-- in the terms of National Presto Industries. Provides resources to help identify specific examples of each in the context of NPI. 6 Page paper in APA format with references.

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Integrated Case Project: System Feedback Loops for National Presto Industries Inc.

BACKGROUND

In this final Case of the Integrated Case Project, you will take a look at feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc. Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. Draw on the background readings from this module in constructing your diagnosis. Within each of these feedback loops there are opportunities for learning and improvement.

REQUIRED READING:

Bellinger, G. (2004) Introduction to systems thinking. Retrieved from http://www.systems-thinking.org/intst/int.htm

CASE 5 ASSIGNMENT:

You need to present two cases in this paper. For each Feedback Loop (Balancing and Reinforcing) Make a Case for the Learning Opportunities.

Be sure to include references.

KEYS TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

This is what you need to do:

*Generate evidence for the grounds of your cases. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in National Presto Industries, Inc. and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of affect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.

*Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning (the warrant and additional grounds.

*Identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

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