Thinking in Systems - Donella Meadows
By Josh Kaufman
In the words of biologist Julian Huxley, “Life is just one damn relatedness after another.” Thinking in Systems will help you understand the complex interrelationships that are present in the world and the ramifications of those interrelationships.
“Systems thinking” has been used as a business management fad in recent history, which is a shame – there are many useful concepts to explore in this area, and Thinking in Systems explains them admirably. In this book, you’ll learn major concepts like inflows and outflows, feedback loops, non-linearity, constraints, escalation, and resilience, as well as gain a better understanding of how systems tend to change over time.
All businesses are complex systems that operate within even more complex systems: industries and societies. If you want to be able to improve systems while avoiding unanticipated consequences, read Thinking in Systems.
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