Do most organizations act as a system? How many people in the organization need to see it as a system for systems thinking to work?
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A System is basically a collection of parts (or subsystems) which are integrated to accomplish an overall goal (a system of people is an organization). Systems have inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes, with ongoing feedback among these various parts. If even one part of the system is removed, the nature of the entire system is changed.
Systems thinking involves the use of various techniques to study systems of many kinds. It includes studying things in a holistic way, rather than the traditional reductionist techniques. Its aim is to gain insights into the whole by understanding the linkages, interactions and processes between the elements that comprise the whole 'system'.
From a systems perspective, organizations are collections of human and physical capital that exchange and process information, transform physical objects, and make decisions for the purpose of achieving some set of objectives related to their external environment. From this frame of reference, leaders can find ways to enhance existing processes in the organization, and identify the need for additional processes of environmental ...
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