Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide

  • Reynolds M
  • Holwell S
  • Eds S
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Abstract

PREFACE


We live and work in a highly complex and interconnected world. Small
decisions

made by individuals may have large effects in a wider context. Actions
taken within

one organization can have an impact upon many different organizations,
on govern-

ment, on society and on the natural environment. This book has been
motivated by

a recognition that complex questions are increasingly asked of institutions
and

individuals in situations of change and uncertainty. The book addresses
such ques-

tions not by offering �new� tools, but rather by providing five approaches
� systems

tools � each embodying at least 25 years of experiential use. They
not only provide

robust methods, but moreover with the benefit of time and experience,
the evolution

of these approaches in different contexts has exposed new offerings;
new enlighten-

ment on how to use these approaches better in the light of experience.
The five

systems approaches presented in this compilation are presented not
as �new� tools

to replace �old� tools, but rather as evolving radical ways of thinking
that have been

nurtured in different contexts to complement and give added value
to existing prac-

tices. They are specially updated for this publication, with each
approach authored

by the originators and/or experienced practitioners. This book is
about intervention,

or more precisely how to improve human intervention to help change
situations for

the better, to navigate the interrelated dimensions of making more
effective strate-

gic decisions in the twenty-first century.

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Authors

  • Martin Reynolds

  • Sue Holwell

  • Sue Holwell Eds

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