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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Systems Thinking & Learning by Stephen G. Haines

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II. Standard Systems Dynamics

This chapter presents 12 tools that will help you apply the principles of standard systems dynamics and other key concepts to systems-related change efforts. The tools focus on the questions that good systems thinkers know and regularly use, and offer guidelines for working productively with the answers.

TOOL NO. THE APPLICATIONS
1.

Systems Preconditions

—What entity (system or “collision of systems”) are we dealing with, and what are its boundaries?

What levels of the overall entity do we want to change?

2.

Desired Outcomes

—What are the desired outcomes?

3.

The Need for Feedback

—How will we know we have achieved the desired outcomes?

4.

Environmental Impact

—What is changing in the environment that ...

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