A few good books on systemsthinking:(reference Pegasus-Janice Molloy
- Tracing Connections: Voices of Systems Thinkers edited
by Joy Richmond, Lees Stuntz, Kathy Richmond, and Joanne Egner (isee
systems, inc. and Creative Learning Exchange, 2010) Published as a
tribute to systems thinking pioneer Barry Richmond, this book includes
essays on the application of these tools in a wide range of settings.
The introduction outlines Richmond’s important work on the eight critical systems thinking skills.
- Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World by John Sterman (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000) The
core textbook for learning how to apply system dynamics modeling to
complex organizational challenges. Even if you aren’t interested in
modeling per se, Sterman’s clear, well-written explanations of the core
elements of systems thinking make it worth a look.
Systems Thinking, System Dynamics: Understanding Change and Complexity
2/e by Kambiz E. Maani and Robert Y. Cavana (Pearson Education New
Zealand, 2007) Another comprehensive, practical introduction to systems
thinking/system dynamics tools and concepts. This book includes a series
of detailed examples for using systems thinking to diagnose complex
problems and design robust interventions.
Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by
Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis L. Meadows (Chelsea Green,
2004) The most recent version of the influential system dynamics
analysis of the impact of a rapidly growing population in a world of
finite resources. Despite the grim prospects outlined through much of
the book, the final chapter offers a sense of hope by proving guidelines
for setting in motion a sustainability revolution.