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Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A feedback systems approach, + Website, 2nd Edition by John D. W. Morecroft

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CHAPTER 2 Introduction to Feedback Systems Thinking

In this chapter, the basic concepts of feedback systems thinking are introduced. The approach helps you to develop an overview of organisations and to see the big picture. It enables you to step back from operating detail, and to visualise how the parts of a business, industry or society fit together and interact. Pictures are important in this kind of work. You will learn how to draw causal loop diagrams (word and arrow charts that show interdependencies), and how to pick out the important feedback loops of circular cause and effect. You will also begin to appreciate that the structure of a given system, its particular combination of feedback loops, determines performance through time. From there it's just a short step to the most fundamental tenet of the field that ‘structure gives rise to dynamical behaviour’.

Ways of Interpreting Situations in Business and Society

The idea that there is an enduring structure to business and ...

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