Drawing from insights in Hutchens,
The Tip of the Iceberg,
(pp. 65-70), select a system
in your work organization, or an organization that you are familiar with, and apply the
causal loop diagram, including a reinforcing and balancing process.
In a 1-2 page paper, briefly describe the purpose of the system, the components of the
system, draw a casual loop diagram, and in plain language describe the diagram.
Causal Loop Diagram. Hutchens, David.
The Tip of the Iceberg, Managing the Hidden
Can Make or Break Your Organization, Digital Slides.
Pegasus Communications, Inc.,
2001 Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) can help us understand complex interactions and
events by revealing system structure. Unlike buildings, most systems don't have visible
Causal Loop Diagrams have four basic parts:
• Point of Intersection (usually ellipses or circle) that contain values that can change
• Lines with an arrow showing influence direction
• A reversal indicator
Format the paper using APA style (1-2 pages only, not including title and
reference page; use in-text citations to support your comments):
Select an organization you are familiar with;
First paragraph: Discuss the purpose of the system, definitely connect your
comments to systems thinking research—teach me about systems thinking…;
Second paragraph: Discuss the components of the system using appropriate
terminology, again connect to research when appropriate using APA citations;
Next, draw the diagram (use drawing tools in Word) including the balancing
and reinforcing sides, arrows including direction, and variables that affect the
Third paragraph: in plain English, describe the casual loop diagram’s
purpose, components, etc.
Universal Family Connection, Inc. and the foster care program
A system has a purpose. Every system exists for a reason and is designed to do a specific thing.
At Universal Family Connection, Inc., the purpose of the foster care program is
supportive services, monitoring, supervision to relative foster parents of DCFS youth ages 21
and under, and provide support to families preparing for permanency.
The parts of the system have to combine in a particular way for the system to carry out its