chapter  7
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Systems Thinking

Mankind has succeeded over time in conquering the physical world largely by adopting the analytic method described earlier in this text. To understand problems, we break a problem into components, study each part in isolation, and then draw conclusions about the whole. This is a powerful technique for problem solving. Unfortunately, this sort of linear analysis is rarely effective in addressing large, complex organizational problems because complex systems are not linear in nature-they are circular.