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Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice
Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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Learning outcomes

After completing this part of the course, you should be able to:

  • understand systems thinking as conceptual boundary setting

  • understand ‘thinking strategically’ in terms of situations of change, agency of change and tools for managing change

  • distinguish between difficult and messy situations and explain their significance to strategic thinking

  • describe a system in terms of entities (variables) and purposefulness

  • describe four perspectives on systems thinking in terms of situations of use and users of systems approaches.