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User Review  - dhmontgomery - LibraryThing

I found the first half of this book to be very difficult to get through, not because it was impenetrable, but because it just didn't excite me. Once I ground through and made it to the second half, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - jonerthon - LibraryThing

My Practical Guide to Something of the quarter. This is also an older title, and was written before the internet was as ubiquitous, but still holds up as a way to understand how big, wicked systems ... Read full review

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User Review  - jasoncomely - LibraryThing

A powerful introduction to systems thinking that deserves to be studied, pondered over and experimented with. Essential reading for anyone who want to expand their mind. Read full review

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User Review  - CassandraT - LibraryThing

Donella Meadows's expertise and experience is a strength of this book. There are a number of inspiring examples. However, as I am already familiar with system dynamics, the book was really ... Read full review

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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

If you care about global issues [complex systems], this is your starting point to understand. This book guides people to look underneath the surface to look at the systems that determine short and longterm outcomes. Read full review

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User Review  - Mandarinate - LibraryThing

A concise introduction to systems thinking. It starts with diagrams (supported by a technical appendix) to illustrate key relationships, like feedback dynamics. Then the author tries to extract some ... Read full review

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Most people find System Thinking very difficult to understand and follow. Barring a few most writings on System Thinking are very difficult to comprehend since it a completely different way to view the world and its happenings.
In that respect this book is a notable exception. It is simple yet cogent. The most difficult principles are laid bare in the simplest possible manner.
It reads almost like an on-going dialogue between the reader and the author. Through her writing a wonderful relationship between the author and the reader is created, which is the essence of System Thinking.
It is not only serves as a Primer for anyone even mildly interested in the subject but also as a textbook for advanced practitioners since the subject can't be told any simpler.
Highly recommend a read.
Dibyendu De
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It's not an easy book to get into; neither to read all to the end. The first few chapters are particularly technical. What helps though are the concrete examples given all along the way.
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for "Thinking in Systems" is that it makes you realise that systems are literally everywhere: companies, transport, state aid, offices, forests, financial, ecological, social, you name it. And the author makes it very clear that changing a system not only is complicated, counter intuitive and potentially dangerous but also transforming if done right. Big 'if' though.
If ever you wondered what the word 'complex' truly means; Thinking in Systems is a book worth going for.
 

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User Review  - antura - LibraryThing

Simplistic and ideological. Read full review

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User Review  - olfmanl - LibraryThing

This is a nicely written and provocative introduction to systems. Read full review


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