Monday, May 21, 2012

Books on systemsthinking

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

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 GrowthLimits 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.

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