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    Systems Theory and Soft System Methodology

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    Create a presentation analyzing the organization selected by your team in Week Five. This presentation must be an analysis of the relationships between key elements of organizational strategies and the determination of organization development priorities. Address the organizational design initiatives resulting from those relationships.
    Include two or three slides per team member.
    Create one or more graphical representations, such as graphs, charts, or diagrams, of the organizational design initiatives. Illustrations should incorporate the following:
    • An analysis of corporate strategy changes
    • Necessary changes in the organizational structure
    • Implications to leadership
    • Change process
    Discuss the following in your presentation:
    • How decisions will be made: span and scope of control
    • How to spur innovation, or the role of innovation
    • The overall systems thinking paradigm to be used
    • How the best systems thinking paradigm will be developed, used, and managed
    Include at least three to five references.
    Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.
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    This provides some specific information for a portion of an overall assignment.
    There is info on Systems Thinking, the three historical paradigms and then specifically Soft System Methodology, which was pioneered by Checkland, 2000. This is the primary type of systems thinking that is utilized in business. I have provided summaries and several articles on how to follow the process Checkland outlines. I have also provided a couple of articles that give you a shorter version (and I think clearer) than the original Checkland literature outlines.

    This presentation must be an analysis of the relationships between key elements of organizational strategies and the determination of organization development priorities. Address the organizational design initiatives resulting from those relationships.

    1. Discuss the overall systems thinking paradigm to be used;
    Define systems thinking:
    • Way of viewing a system from a broad perspective that includes seeing overall structures, patterns and cycles
    • Seeing the patterns rather than a specific detail or event
    • Identifying how a single 'interruption' or 'bottleneck' fits into the larger series of events
    • Looking at the whole process, rather than a single section of it - the issues that are creating the 'pinch' points or 'pain' points
    • Traditional analysis looks at breaking up the individual parts and identifying them, systems thinking is about seeing how things fit together and looking at the 'whole' rather than its parts.
    • Essentially, it is like looking at an ecosystem - which is messy and interrelated and the connections are not always easy to see and they connect across unexpected lines and interrupt each other

    The most logical systems thinking ...

    Solution Summary

    Soft Systems Methodology is complex and Checkland's original outline of the process can be difficult to understand. Recent work has provided a series of steps that help clarify the process, although utilizing the process requires an ability to not presume that there is an obvious solution. The type of leadership is critical to implement transformation within organizations, how dramatic that transformation is will determine the type of leadership required.

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