Thinking In Systems: International Bestseller
  • Thinking In Systems: International Bestseller
  • Thinking In Systems: International Bestseller
  • Thinking In Systems: International Bestseller
ISBN: 1603580557
EAN13: 9781603580557
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 3, 2008
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The classic book on systems thinking--with more than half a million copies sold worldwide

This is a fabulous book. This book opened my mind and reshaped the way I think about investing.--Forbes

Thinking in Systems is required reading for anyone hoping to run a successful company, community, or country. Learning how to think in systems is now part of change-agent literacy. And this is the best book of its kind.--Hunter Lovins

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth--the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet--Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.

Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.

Some of the biggest problems facing the world--war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation--are Read More chevron_right

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5
   A beautiful read
The highly complex theme is covered in such a lucid manner, easily accessible to the lay person. We know that the world is so unpredictable, but if you want to gain some understanding of why things happen the way they do, this book will help you to look in the right place. It also helps you understand a method for building the impact of the decisions that you or your organization are planning to take. I learned a lot from this book and even quoted learnings from it to friends and colleagues. Definitely a must read book.
 
5
   it is what it is: a primer
After finishing the book, I felt that I had a pretty good grasp of how to approach models and systems. The way to ponder and pose questions when looking at seemingly simple systems came easily after reading the book. I also realized that subject matter experts are valuable in understanding systems, but the outsider can see a problem very differently and is also useful. I would recommend this book to everyone.
 
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   Systems thinking could also be named Logical Thinking Starting from ...
Systems - Thinking could also be called broad enough thinking from a logical perspective. It could also be described as non-myopic or zoomed out thinking. The book is well written and the subject is well described. One wishes that this kind of thinking was more widespread.
 
5
   this is a great book. I use this as a text for ...
If you want to understand how systems work and why we are often surprised when they don 't work the way we think they should, this is a great book. If you want to understand how systems work, and why we are often surprised when they don 't work the way we think they should, this is a great book. I use this as a text for college courses and students find the text approachable and understandable.
 
5
   Feedback about Feedback Loops
This is a rating of 4.5 as a scientist trained in thinking about physiology, endocrinology and other human integrated organ systems, descriptions of system complexity, interaction and positive feedback were very basic. The application of these concepts to business or service models, however, helped me broaden my understanding of how I can apply what I know in science to what I can do in business or service delivery. It is indeed a priser '' and is very clearly written at a basic level. Because it was not all new and revolutionary '', it did not receive all 5 stars, but I would easily give it 4.5 for making important concepts easy to understand and for showing how these concepts apply in a variety of different systems in everyday life.
 
5
   Excellent book!
The book is a wonderful read. I bought it '' as an independent study book. It truly gets your mind thinking about how systems work in the world around us and how so many things are connected. Highly recommended.
 
5
   Profound content, very easy to ready.
This is probably the only book that I have read without putting down. It is puzzling to me that at the end, I don 't have a list of new actions or action items to go and practice. This is where the book has its value. It does not tell you to do something specific to immediately improve your life. It gives you a new way of looking at the world. Rather, it gives you a new way of looking at the world. Something I particularly liked is how the author applied examples and illustrations to large systems such as societies and to small systems such as a machine. It made it easy to understand the principles. It made it easy to understand the principles. I would recommend this book for managers and leaders who want to adopt a big-picture view of their organizations, their communities and their societies. I believe we can serve these institutions better if we understand their completeness and how they work in principle.
 
5
   Great overview for those beginning in systems theory
Exactly what I hoped for in the subject. Immediately applicable to my work, immediately a foundation for further studies. Highly recommended. Highly recommended.
 
5
   Excellent
This is an excellent book and nearly as inspiring as Silent Spring was. The author does an excellent job of explaining and developing systems thinking within readers. This is certainly one for the library.
 
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   A system of pablum
I received this book because we develop systems for high compliance, the reviews were high and I was eager to learn from such an expert of high acclaim. In fact, the book is a high collection of superficial ideas with little to no added value or insights. The book is a spectacular example of what Feynman called cargo science. Do not just quantifiable, but meaningful. Indeed, it was indeed. The book is also heavily influenced by the author's environmental agenda, which should be disturbing to anyone with engineering or physics education used to system analysis. Read Bellman's classic adaptive control processes - A guided tour through real thought and insights on systems.
 
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