Systems Thinking 1th edition




Author:Michael C. Jackson

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Systems Thinking Description

Too often, today's managers are sold simple solutions to complexproblems. But as many soon discover, simplicity is rarely effectivein the face of complexity, change and diversity. Despite apparentpromise, quick-fix panaceas fail because they are not holistic orcreative enough. They focus on parts of the organization ratherthan the whole, take little account of interaction, and pander tothe notion that there is one best solution in all circumstances. Asinstances of such failure escalate, intelligent managers areincreasingly seeking to improve results through SystemsThinking.
Whatever stage you are at in your study of Systems Thinking, thisbook will help. If you are new to the field then it will serve as asolid introduction. If you are familiar with a few concepts but notwith how they can be linked and used by managers, then it will giveyou a greater understanding of how holistic ideas developed and howto use them in practice. And if you are expert in some approachesbut not in others, then it will expand your knowledge and provideyou with more choice. In all cases you will achieve competency increative holism, emerge better equipped to solve complex problems,and ultimately become a more effective Systems Thinking manager.

“It’s neat, easy to read and easy to absorb... It is a boon to students and executives alike..”

J P. von Gigch in Systems research and BehaviouralScience

“ … excellent summary of the latest researchfindings and … very clear explanations andaccessibility”

 “No other recent book in the systems field aims forsuch an accessible and at the same time rigorous interpretation ofthe major developments of systems theory”

D. Petkov in Journal of the Operational ResearchSociety

“As far as I can tell there is no other book that includesall the major developments in systems thinking over the last fiftyyears”

Misha Hebel (Amazon Review)

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