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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 "problems" using different systemic metaphors in order to see which best captures < previous page page_1 next page >...
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