Systems Thinking - Complex Systems

Systems Thinking - Complex Systems - Mark Einsiedel USSY...

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Mark Einsiedel USSY 204 – Systems Thinking March 1, 2010 Complex Systems As I was thinking about systems and how they interact with one another, it was impossible not to think about the complexity of systems. I realized there must be a way to model this complexity in an explainable, less complicated way. For this I realized it was important to consider the idea that “you can never do just one thing.” That is to say, in addition to the immediate effect of an action, there will always be other consequences of it that ripple through the system. Every action has unintended consequences. Thus, to model this I came up with the following concept:
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In this model, the positive feedback can be viewed as amplifying and the negative feedback as dampening. The emergence input into the system being analyzed simply means that the system does not react to inputs in predictable ways, or in other words they are no predictable interaction patterns. In such a particular system, the connectivity between elements is crucial.
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