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Systems Thinking Basics: From Concepts to Causal Loops Paperback – March 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1883823122 ISBN-10: 1883823129

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Communications (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883823129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883823122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21, 2002
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At 144 pages this book is a short introductory text and workbook that is designed to introduce systems thinking. It starts by building an awareness of systems thinking as a discipline, and by providing a series of learning activities that lead you through the basics.
The two main techniques that this book teaches are (1) behavior over time graphs and causal loops, both of which are the main tools employed in systems thinking. These are also the foundation of system dynamics of which systems thinking is a subset (system dynamics uses expanded techniques such as simulation models and analysis of alternatives).
What I like about this book is the clear explanation of the basics and the use of illustrations and learning activities. I also like the summaries of system archetypes and system thinking tools included in the appendices, which provide starting points for further study. It's not the best book for self-study because it is written more as a workbook than an introductory text. As such it is best used in an instructor-led course, or in conjunction with more in-depth books about system thinking (my favorite is Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity by Jamshid Gharajedaghi).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Berg on November 1, 2009
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This book is a quick and easy read...packed full of great ideas. Reading it got me to apply organizational behavior knowledge I already had in a different way. Lots of ah ha moments while reading. I'd recommend this to people who are responsible for analyzing/solving problems in an organization. I've already recommended this to others I know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Crumpton on December 29, 2013
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Touted as a 'basics' book, this lives up to its promise. Each chapter has some instructional text, super graphics, tables, and/or figures that augment the text, and activities that include examples. The book's organization walks you through key concepts including:
What Are Systems?
What is Systems Thinking?
Uncovering systemic Structures: Drawing Behavior Over Time Graphs
Uncovering Systemic Structures: Building Causal Loop Diagrams
Complex Systems
From Loops to Leverage: Applying and Practicing Systems Thinking

The Appendices are practical also including:
Additional learning activities
Key Points
Systems Thinking Tools
Systems Archetypes
Glossary
Additional Resources

For the practical, read this book. For additional background and a more theoretical treatment, read:
Checkland, P. (1999). Systems thinking, systems practice includes a 30-year retrospective. Chichester [Sussex]: J. Wiley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hess on April 30, 2013
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This is a guide for the professional wanting a concise course in modeling organizations. It is the best hands on, self guided, blending of book and workbook I've ever seen on the topic. If you want to learn hands on systems thinking and modeling, then this text is for you. It's outstanding for graduate students and very thoughtful leaders. There's nothing else like it and its willing to be "that different" is what makes it a great text.
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