September 9 (the second Monday of the month) is the 71st meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration will open on Eventbrite after August 12.

Systems Paradigms

The systems thinking community has an ecology of approaches. How can we make sense of when and where we might apply specific theories and/or methods?

Intervening in human systems has been a focus of Critical Systems Thinking. Categorizations of systems paradigms began with roots by Burrell & Morgan (1979), with four paradigms for the analysis of social theory. [SVG] [ODG]

A similar form can be seen in a grid of "ideal-type" problem contexts in Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]

In a System of Systems Methodologies, systems approaches can be related to problem contexts in Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]


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Suggested pre-reading:

Reading more systems thinking texts may not help your understanding! This is why we have Systems Thinking Ontario meetings. For the diligent, the principal references cited above are:


Post-meeting artifacts

Enthusiasts may be interested in further background from Burrell & Morgan (1979).

A scheme for analysing assumptions on the nature of social science. [SVG] [ODG]

Two theories of society: "order" and "conflict" [SVG] [ODG]

The regulation-radical change dimension [SVG] [ODG]

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.