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Systems Thinking: Parts vs. the Whole

Discussion Question: Why are the parts of a system less important than the whole?

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According to systems thinking, the individual parts of a holistic system hold no significance unless they are integrated into the complete system. It is only the complete system that is useful for an organization. The interaction and integration between the individual components of a system results in synergies and performance which is not possible to achieve with only the individual components. It is by these synergies and interactions that the system is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

"As you think about a system, spend part of your time from a vantage point that lets you see the whole system, not just ...

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Discussion Question: Why are the parts of a system less important than the whole?

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