- To introduce the basic principles of Systems Thinking
- To introduce the basic characteristics of systems and the importance of systemic thinking in organizational life.
- To use systems thinking as a platform for enhancing innovation and creativity
- To practice a “shift of mind” framework to understand complexity by viewing systems as a whole and using the view to find the effective leverage as insights for breakthrough solutions.
- To develop the skill to create your own causal loop diagram to analyze the problematic behavior of systems
- To develop the skill to create simple Stock and Flow diagram to analyze the impact of changes to business policies.
- To help take your first step toward becoming a systems thinker
What You Will Learn
- Learn about System Thinking and System Dynamics
- Learn to map the feedback structure of a system using causal loop diagrams.
- Learn to identify patterns and archetypes in our system.
- Learn to articulate how lessons from models can be used to inform discussion and improve performance of systems, for example, in business and public policy.
- Understand systems and what is a system thinker?
- How to use system thinking skills to expand your perspectives?
- Understand common patterns in the system and how to intervene in policies to achieve your goals.
- How can system thinking helps to improve policymaking and strategies?
Who Should Attend
This class will appeal to several audiences. First, this course is useful for anyone who wants to develop a broader toolkit for examining the chronic challenges of managing and leading in today’s organizations. It will be especially useful to those interested in careers in management, in part for the modeling skills covered, but also for developing rigorous and structured thinking skills. The course has a heavy dose of “reality,” so it should also appeal to students who wish to blend theory with the harsh realism of practical challenges in management.