Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free, two-part course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving complex situations. The ideas correspond with three core activities of, firstly, understanding inter-relationships, secondly, engaging with multiple perspectives, and thirdly, reflecting on boundary judgements.
The two parts of the course complement each other by way of introducing elements of systems thinking in practice; with Part 1 focusing more on the ‘thinking’ and Part 2 veering more towards the ‘practice’.
This course provides a detailed account for five key systems approaches.
These approaches are:
- system dynamics (SD)
- viable system model (VSM)
- strategic options development and analysis (SODA)
- soft systems methodology (SSM)
- critical systems heuristics (CSH)
Note: This short OpenLearn course is not teaching how to use the five systems approaches listed above. The course gives a general introduction to the approaches and what they may have to offer in support of systems thinking.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.