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< previous page page_1 next page > Page 1 Chapter 1 The Nature of Systems Thinking With his death (i.e., that of P'an Ku) the details of creation began. His breath became the wind; his voice, the thunder; his left eye the sun; his right eye the moon; his blood flowed in rivers; his hair grew into trees and plants; his flesh became the soil; his sweat descended as rain; while the parasites which infested his body were the origin of the human race. H. A. Giles, Religion of Ancient China, "The Ancient Faith." 1.1 Introductio n There is a whole literature discussing the meaning of the term "system" and the advantages of systemic over reductionist thinking. The main purpose of this chapter, however, is to introduce
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systems ideas in a way which is directly relevant to the practical concerns of managers, decision makers and "problem solvers". This is
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Unformatted text preview: done in two ways. First, by presenting systems concepts as such and second by adding content and practical relevance to the concepts. What we succeed in building is a range of alternative systemic metaphors which can be used as a vehicle for creative and organised thought about problem situations. Each of these metaphors, as filters, can be tried as a means of viewing a problem context at hand. If one of the metaphors is dominant in bringing issues clearly into focus, then use of a systems methodology, which operates in a manner complementary to that metaphor, can obviously be recommended. This is discussed in Chapter 2. The method suggested here, of viewing organisational &quot;problems&quot; using different systemic metaphors in order to see which best captures &lt; previous page page_1 next page &gt;...
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