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Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity - A Platform for Designing Business Architecture

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This book is a direct result of the author's work with the systems methodology first introduced by the author's partner, Russell Ackoff.


It's a holistic approach to systems methodology. It deals with all dimensions of a system: structure, function and process. Peter Senge introduced Systems Thinking/practice. Interact clients asked the author to write a book to take them "

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Paperback, Second Edition, 333 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Butterworth-Heinemann (first published May 10th 1999)
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
So, the rating (we start at 5 stars):
+1 star for some cases included,
-1 star for the cases not being MECE, not anywhere close,
+1 star for quite a lot of ground covered, even if in huge leaps, maybe it's even going to a be a reread,
-1 star for a lot of stuff not detalised into demonstrable detalization,
-1 star for a lot of concepts left unlinked with practicalities,
+1 star for insights included, there were some, even though these were very generally formulated,
-1 star for the abstraction overused
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Hashem
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dynamic-systems
کتاب تفکر سیستمی آًقای قراجه داغی از اون دسته کتابهایی است که می بایست چندین بار خوانده بشه نه به خاطر اینکه مطلب برای فهم سخته بلکه نکات ریز و درشت این قدر زیاده که مسلما با یک بار خوندن همه رو درک نخواهیم کرد. البته پس از خواندن این کتاب نباید از منابعش گذشت چون اصل مطالب تفکر سیستمی در منابعی است که معرفی شده است و کتاب آقای قراجه داغی شروع بسیار خوبی برای ورود به این دنیاست.
کتاب با این سوال اصلی شروع میشه که چرا موفقیت های ما عموما باشکست روبرو می شوند؟‌مشکل اصلی موفقیت ها چیست و دشمن اصلی
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Annie
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't necessarily turn to this book if you're looking for a thrilling read - BUT, Gharajedaghi's work on organizational management and systems thinking is along some of the best work in the field (similar to Ackoff). Gharajedaghi manages to convey complex system analysis principles in digestible ways - which if you've ever studied systems, is REALLY helpful. ...more
Denis Romanovsky
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really great to me. Such a deep look at the sociocultural systems, connections between design, operations and holistic thinking helped to improve my understanding of organizations. Very good explanation on concepts of chaos, complexity and interdependency in systems that lead to emergent development. What I really did not like was business architecture - reasoning on concepts, diagrams and case studies seemed a bit shallow, outdated. Design thinking was also somehow kind of outdate ...more
Denis Vasilev
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Системное мышление это сложно
Roberto
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unlike the Fifth Discipline, this is a book about systems thinking that is quite difficult to read, for mainly two reasons: the brief discussion that is made by very important principles (the principles that guide a system, for example), without further examples, and the apparent lack of organization on writing it.
Some of the important points:
- A system is influenced by 5 "building blocks": openness (the size of its transactional environmental, or place that we can influence), purposefulness (th
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Chris Waddle
Nice book about the critical need to architect companies in a way that attends to the individuals that make up the company as purposeful actors who act in the system as voluntary actors who have a need for personal agency. Organisation who do well need to constitute themselves using systems thinking like presented in this book.
Oks Ana
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To me its a great book of proper historical data analysis of behaviours and evidence of events. I am still reading it, it has become a table book on the work desk. I am using it as a basis for my strategy development in various organizations regardless of its nature or culture. It's a great book for those who want to understand the "nature of things and events" in organizations, and in life. While I find it fascinating, I also understand that It is also not for everyone. As it is "deep" and inte ...more
Oleksandr
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's definitely a 5 for wholeness, depth, systematicity, structuring, language, and the content itself, which provides many things to think and reason about. It really captures and provides an explanation of the sociocultural processes we encounter every day in organizations. I'm glad this book exists.

But, oftentimes it's a way too abstract, lacking concrete examples, with gaps in explanation or the context of the terminology used. Moreover, almost all diagrams have own convention with cryptic m
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Vicktor Michael Kemechedzhiev
Довольно интересная и в целом неплохая книга для тех, кто интересуется системным мышлением. Автор приводит собственные размышления и идеи, которые он считает уместными в контексте применения системного мышления в организации бизнес-процессов.
Amanda
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was very philosophical. It had some good quotes and graphics, but overall, I was hoping for something more practical, discussing how we can use systems in our organization to help structure them better.
Jeroen
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Difficult to read, concepts not applicable for all types of organisations
Peter House
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity - A Platform for Designing Business Architecture" is a powerful whirlwind tour through a number of essential topics in systems thinking, such as holist thinking, design thinking, and operational thinking. Jamshid Gharajedaghi starts the book off with a bang, taking the reader through dealing with concepts such as complexity and emergent system properties. As the book progresses, the focus shifts from explaination to teaching the reader modes of th ...more
Ian Fleischmann
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
My only issue with Gharajedaghi's book is his tendency to subdivide systems and processes, describe them in detail as slight variations on each other, and then fail to integrate those subdivisions as an integral part of some greater level of understanding. To me, it seemed like splitting hairs for page counts. Like most books on complexity and systems theory, it's difficult to critique because the subject matter is generally the same but its presentation is unique (different vocabulary, ordering ...more
Gernot
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first part about systems and systems thinking describes some kind of method how to analyse systems.

1 - formulate the "mess" - that is he name for the current situation
2 - create target struktures in interations.


The second part with the examples were somehow "dry" but nevertheless valuable examples.

I will come back tp the examples and will read the book a second time, so i can recommend it!
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David
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every English-reading human over 18
Unbelievably insightful book on how we do, can, and should think when it comes to ANYTHING organizational (work, friendships, family, software that interacts with other software, ANYTHING!).

Not a super-simple read, but SO worth it! I have already used various insights and examples from the first four chapters in my consulting.

So good. I just finished buying it online!
TK Keanini
Apr 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: systemstheory
This book was written in ~1999 and is a good read if you are interested in the business applications of systems thinking. Complex logistics and supply chain come to mind if I had to pick an applicaiton.
Rena
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have to read this for my class. . . and I love it. It is an amazing way of thinking. It is slow reading for me but I want everyone to read it now that I know about it.
Slade Beard
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jamshid's work. He has taken the mantle of Simons and those who came before him and further developed the thinking around complexity and systems thinking. This is one of my regular references. ...more
Tony
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, inspiring, and ridiculously useful for the first 75%, but loses it a bit towards the end.
Pavleras
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It took me two months due to its complexity to read until the 4th part. This book is awesome to give you the roots of social systems.
Sam
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: systems-thinking
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Steen Sørensen
Nice easy going introduction to systens thinking.
Eric
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
theory heavy, but powerful ideas put into application. systems thinking is a powerful framework for transforming culture in human systems.
Bernd
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Deeply influential to my personal as well as business insights. Balances scientific insight with practical application and business vs philosophical considerations.
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