Systems Thinking – 3rd Edition – ISBN: , View on ScienceDirect. Systems Thinking Authors: Jamshid Gharajedaghi. Systems Thinking has ratings and 23 reviews. by William R. Noonan The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge Systems Thinking by Jamshid Gharajedaghi. Systems Thinking, Third Edition combines systems theory and already a superb book, but Jamshid Gharajedaghi has managed to just do that.
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It’s a holistic approach to systejs methodology. It deals with all dimensions of a system: Interact clients asked the author to write a book to take them “. Interact clients asked the author to write a book to take them “further down the Senge trail”.
This book does that by taking the reader into “real world” stories. It is based on experiences in five real companies using systems practice.
It is about a new mode of seeing, doing and being in the world; a way of thinking through chaos and complexity. It speaks to those hgarajedaghi and practitioners who have come to realize that learning “to be” is as much a necessary part of a successful professional life as is the learning “to do. Natural science has discovered “chaos”. Social science has encountered “complexity.
We see the world as increasingly more complex and chaotic because we use inadequate concepts to explain it. When we understand something, we no longer see it as chaotic or complex.
It seems that playing the new game requires learning a new language. A language of interaction and design that will allow us to see through chaos and understand complexity. In a nutshell, this book is about systems.
However, it goes beyond the simple declaration of desirability of systems thinking. With a practical orientation and yet a profound theoretical depth, the book offers an operational handle on the whole by introducing an elaborate scheme called iterative design.
The iterative design explicitly recognizes that choice is at the heart of human development. Development is the capacity to choose; design is a vehicle for enhancement of choice and holistic thinking. Designers, in this book, seek to choose rather than predict the future. They try to understand rational, emotional, and cultural dimensions of choice and to produce a design that satisfies a multitude of functions. They learn how to use what they already know and also about how to learn what they need to know.
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Interact clients asked the author to write a book to take them ” This book is a direct result of the author’s work with the systems methodology first introduced by the author’s partner, Russell Ackoff. PaperbackSecond Editionpages.
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Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity – A Platform for Designing Business Architecture
Lists with This Book. Oct 20, Annie Constantinescu rated it really liked it. I wouldn’t necessarily turn to this book if you’re looking for a thrilling read – BUT, Gharajedaghi’s work on organizational management and systems thinking is along some of the best work in the field similar to Ackoff. Gharajedaghi manages to convey complex system analysis principles in digestible ways – which if you’ve ever gharanedaghi systems, is REALLY helpful.
Oct 30, Hashem rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was really great to me. Such a deep look at the sociocultural systems, connections between design, operations and holistic thinking helped to improve my understanding of organizations. Very good explanation on concepts of chaos, complexity and interdependency in systems that lead to emergent development. What I really did not like was business architecture – reasoning on concepts, diagrams and case studies gharajeaghi a bit shallow, outdated.
Design thinking was also somehow kind of outdate This book was really great to me. Design thinking was also somehow kind of outdated. Anyway, after this book I definitely want to read more about complexity, chaos and systems thinking View all 4 comments. Mar 02, Roberto rated it it was ok. Unlike the Fifth Discipline, this is a book about systems thinkong that is quite difficult to read, for mainly two reasons: Some of the important points: Oct 21, Chris Waddle added it.
Nice book about the critical need to architect companies in a way that attends to the individuals that make up the company as purposeful actors who act in the system as voluntary actors who have a need for personal agency.
Organisation who do well need to constitute themselves using systems thinking like presented in this book. Oct 13, Amanda rated it did not like it Shelves: This was very philosophical. It had some good quotes and graphics, but overall, I was hoping for something more practical, discussing how we can use systems in our organization to help structure them better. Oct 26, Jeroen rated it it was ok. Difficult to read, concepts not applicable for all types of organisations. Jul 19, Peter House rated it really liked it.
Managing Chaos and Complexity – A Platform for Designing Business Architecture” is a powerful whirlwind tour through a number of essential topics gharajedgahi systems thinking, such as holist thinking, design thinking, and operational thinking.
Jamshid Gharajedaghi starts the book off with a bang, taking the reader through dealing with concepts such as complexity and emergent system properties.
As the book progresses, the focus shifts from explaination to teaching the reader modes sustems th “Systems Thinking: As the book progresses, the focus shifts from explaination to teaching the reader modes of thought and action to build organization designs that will optimized to operate in a complex environment.
The last few chapters of the book focus on case studies such as the Marriot hotel franchise chain and the Oneida Nation. These presciptions show what a successful design for an organization might look like to the reader. The only complaint I might have regarding the book is that it goes out with htinking meow in contrast to the way it entered. With a mighty roar. Despite the tapering off at the end of the book, I would recommend it for any reader with an interest in why organizations, in general, are unsuccessful in remaining viable in a world where black swan events http: Jan 22, Ian Fleischmann rated it liked it.
My only issue with Gharajedaghi’s book is his tendency to subdivide systems and processes, describe them in detail as slight variations on each other, and then fail to integrate those thinnking as an integral part of some greater level of understanding. To me, it seemed like splitting hairs for page counts. Like most books on complexity and systems theory, it’s difficult to critique because the subject matter is generally the same but its presentation is unique different vocabulary, ordering My only issue with Gharajedaghi’s book is his tendency to subdivide systems and processes, describe them in detail as slight variations on each other, and then fail to integrate those subdivisions as an gharajedaaghi part of some greater level of understanding.
Like most books on complexity and systems theory, it’s systemms to critique because the subject matter is generally the same but its presentation is unique different vocabulary, ordering, etc. Having already read or studied some of the background material helped; not sure I would have wanted to tackle this as my introduction to the literature. The second half of the book is application, and is interesting, but my learning curve and interest tapered off pretty drastically after chapter 7.
Jun 16, Gernot rated it really liked it Shelves: The first part about systems and systems thinking describes some kind of method how to analyse systems. The second part with the examples were somehow “dry” but nevertheless valuable examples. I will come back tp the examples and will read the book a second time, so i can recommend it!
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Mar 19, David rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Not a super-simple read, but SO worth it! I have already used various insights and examples from the first four chapters in my consulting. I just finished buying it online! Apr 08, TK Keanini rated it really liked it Shelves: Complex logistics and supply chain come to mind if I had to pick an applicaiton.
Jan 28, Rena rated it it was amazing. Have to read this for my class. It is an amazing way of thinking. It is slow reading for me but I want everyone to read it now that I know about it. Mar 05, Pavleras rated it liked it. It took me two months due to its complexity to read until the 4th part. This book is awesome to give you the roots of social systems.
Mar 22, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is a masterpiece in developing a new outlook to the world. Understanding complexities through chaos.