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An edition of Thinking in systems (2008)

Thinking in systems

a primer

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"Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. 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. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important not just what is quantifiable to stay humble and to continue to learn. In a world growing ever more complicated crowded and interdependent Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions. A vital read for students professionals and all those concerned with economics business sustainability and the environment"--Provided by publisher.

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Cover of: Thinking in systems
Thinking in systems: a primer
2009, Earthscan
electronic resource : in English
Cover of: Thinking in systems : a primer
Thinking in systems : a primer
2008, Chelsea
Cover of: Thinking in systems
Thinking in systems: a primer
2008, Chelsea Green Pub.
in English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the systems lens
System structures and behavior
The basics
A brief visit to the systems zoo
Systems and us
Why systems work so well
Why systems surprise us
Systems traps ... and opportunities
Creating change
in systems and in our philosophy Leverage points
places to intervene in a system
Living in a world of systems
System definitions: a glossary
Summary of systems principles
Springing the system trap
Places to intervene in a system
Guidelines for living in a world of systems
Model equations.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [208]-210) and index.

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HV40 .M43 2008eb, HN18.3 .M433 2009, QA402 .M425 200eb, HN18.3, QA402

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1 online resource (xiii, 218 p.)
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1849773386, 184407725X, 1844077268
9781849773386, 9781844077250, 9781844077267

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A clear, thoughtful, and wide-reaching exploration of complex systems, in theory and in practice. Meadows was a masterful and elegant writer and researcher, and an early voice in systems analysis at MIT and elsewhere. This book, completed from draft manuscript after Meadows' death, is both accessible and deeply thought-provoking. She connects the dots between careful descriptions of systems analysis and systems insights, and the personal, social, societal, and political implications of systems thinking.

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