A framework for systems thinking practice

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dc.contributor.author Clewley, Natalie
dc.contributor.author Forsyth, Tim
dc.contributor.author Dodd, Lorraine
dc.contributor.author Hilton, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-16T19:41:35Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-16T19:41:35Z
dc.date.issued 2022-09-15
dc.identifier.citation Clewley N, Forsyth T, Dodd L, Hilton J. (2022) A framework for systems thinking practice. In: OR64: OR for a better world together: The Operational Research Society's Annual Conference, 13-15 September 2022, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK en_UK
dc.identifier.uri https://theorsociety.eventsair.com/or64-annual-conference/
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/19326
dc.description Presentation slides ©Cranfield University en_UK
dc.description.abstract This paper provides a novel model/framework for OR practitioners to approach and engage in complex situations. Developed over many years by the Systems Thinking Practice team at Cranfield University, this framework builds upon and complements previous multi-methodology theory (Jackson, 2019; Mingers & Brocklesby, 1997) and draws from new methodological developments in philosophy of science (Blaikie & Priest, 2017). Reflective Practice lies at the heart of good systems intervention (Churchman, 1979; Dodd, 2018; Hoverstadt, 2022; Jackson, 2019). The proposed framework uses Reflective Practice as the conduit that coheres three interrelated and interdependent domains: the practitioner-academic interface; systems tools and methods; and philosophical perspectives. The intersection of these three domains highlights additional challenge areas that practitioners need to be aware of. At the intersection of Philosophy and Method is a new methodology that links the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ (Checkland, 1999, p. 163). At the intersection of Practitioner and Method, the practitioner must balance the selection of methods in conjunction with their previous experience, skills and preference for individual tools, in such a way as to be mindful of any biases. The intersection between Practitioner and Philosophy is grounded in the lower levels of the Iceberg Model (Hall, 1976) where the practitioner should be mindful of (and potentially surface) any personal beliefs and values that may inhibit the appreciation of other perspectives. Currently, we apply this model/framework in research in Public Health, Defence and Security and Organisational Resilience; also, in teaching a new generation of systems thinking practitioners who will go on to be active members within the OR community. Going forward, our intention is to generate a set of principles to support practitioners engaging with complex situations within OR. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cranfield University en_UK
dc.title A framework for systems thinking practice en_UK
dc.type Presentation en_UK

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