The Importance of Systems Thinking

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Back in the 1950s a British gentleman by the name of Stafford Beer began to think carefully about how people organize themselves in business entities to get things done. He developed a concept he called cybernetics, which over time became known as systems thinking. A few decades later another Brit, this time a personable academic by the name of Peter Checkland, developed Beer’s ideas much further and created an approach he…