Event Details

Bob Williams, ACB 214, 1 -3 PM

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Systems Principles and Systems Methods
Synopsis: The systems field is huge. In 2002 the International Institute for General Systems Studies (IIGSS) identified around 1200 approaches, from the familiar to the obscure. This raises important strategic issues for organizations that want to work in a more systemic way. Given that nobody can learn everything about systemic approaches, and given that new approaches always have to be integrated into existing organizational practices, given that time, skills and capacities are limited, how do you decide what to focus on?

In this workshop, we will be working through several major components of systems principles and systems methods, such as inter-relationships (e.g. what is the nature of inter-relationships within a situation), perspectives (e.g. stakeholder vs. stakes), and boundaries (i.e. what is deemed relevant vs. irrelevant). However, sometimes utilizing systems principles themselves is not enough, and a more significant change is necessary. I will talk about methods of refinement, redesign, and replacement, as well as choosing the best strategy based on the situation.