Systems Thinking – Theory & Practice

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Systems’ Thinking Theory & Practice
 

Table of Contents Question 1…………………………………………………………………………………….3

  1. Spray diagram………………………………………………………………………3
  2. Closed loop control model diagram……………………………………….4
  3. 1. Learning disabilities………………………………………………………….5

2. How a split between espoused theory and theory in use can affect organizational learning…………………………………………………………..7

3. Five disciplines discussed by Taggart for overcoming the learning disabilities………..…………………………………………….……………………8

4. Principles of Systems thinking, its role and effectiveness in Problem Solving and Decision Making………………………………………………..9

References……………………………………………………………………………………10

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Question 1 (A)

Spray Diagram

Fig1: Spray Diagram of learning organizations. According to Jim Taggart, this spray diagram has been drawn which explains main system which is the learning organization. Two of their subsystem is also explained which the learning disabilities that hinder in organizational are learning. These disabilities are individual goal and personal position/status, blaming others for the consequences of the decisions, focus on the dramatic events rather on the subtle events which need more focus, resistance to change and lack of communication system. These disabilities are the ones causing problems in organizational learning. These learning disabilities can seriously affect organizational learning and can create gap between employees and management which can be detrimental for organizations. Management should focus on decreasing or overcoming these disabilities which can increase organizational learning and performance of organizations. Second learning subsystem is the learning disciplines which are used to overcome these disabilities. These disciplines are personal mastery, shared vision, team learning, mental models and systems approach. These disciplines can increase organizational learning and can also improve performance of the organizations. These disciplines when implemented can increase Mutual Corporation among staff and can create better organizational culture.

(B)

Closed loop control model diagram

Team Learning Learning Disability Personal Mastery Shared Vision Systems Approach Mental Models Creating a learning Organization Employees/Management Fig2b:Closed loop control model diagram. Control loop model diagram is about the input/output, transformation and controls of the system. These controls are sensor, actuator and comparator. The purpose of this diagram is to understand organizational learning in more depth by understanding the input and output of the system through transformational processes. Here the inputs are the learning disciplines such as personal mastery, team learning, mental models, systems thinking and shared vision. Sensor of the system is the organizational culture that can be affected through transformational process. Actuator is about the learning disabilities .Input of the system is controlled by comparators. Here feedback is considered important through which input are sent by comparator to actuator.

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