The Manager's Guide to Systems Practice: Making Sense of by Frank Stowell, Christine Welch

By Frank Stowell, Christine Welch

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An important feature is that the tool should be coherent – the problem should not be distorted to fit the requirements of the tool. Western education is heavily influenced by the successes of natural science and as a consequence many, if not most, of the methods for inquiry that we are taught are those developed within the scientific paradigm. These may not be suited to the more complex issues that arise in the variety of social situations we might encounter. The German philosopher Gadamer (2004, p.

Outside this boundary are influential forces to which the system must respond, but which it cannot control (we refer to this as its environment). The system has emergent properties relating to a transformation it is designed to bring about. e. it is composed of other, smaller, interrelated sub-systems. In VSM, structures, relationships and flows are modelled to reflect the complexities of an organizational system. e. it can adapt its state at any given time to deal with the influences impinging on it through its systemic behaviour.

CHAPTER 2 Models and Modelling Introduction The preceding chapter has provided examples of some practical diagramming tools which have been found useful in modelling complex situations. As we have seen, modelling is a useful way to reflect on the situation of interest without losing a holistic view and avoid the need to take hasty or uninformed actions. Diagrams are a way of describing a situation of interest but whenever we describe or express some activity, either through words or diagrams, we are creating an abstraction of our perception of ‘reality’.

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