Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide

  • Martin Reynolds
  • Sue Holwell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Martin Reynolds, Sue Holwell
    Pages 1-23
  3. John Morecroft
    Pages 25-85
  4. Patrick Hoverstadt
    Pages 87-133
  5. Fran Ackermann, Colin Eden
    Pages 135-190
  6. Peter Checkland, John Poulter
    Pages 191-242
  7. Werner Ulrich, Martin Reynolds
    Pages 243-292
  8. Martin Reynolds, Sue Holwell
    Pages 293-306
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-309

About this book


In a world of increasing complexity, instant information availability and constant flux, systems approaches provide the opportunity of a tangible anchor of purpose and iterate learning. The five approaches outlined in the book offer a range of interchangeable tools with rigorous frameworks of application tried and tested in the ‘real world’. The frameworks of each approach form a powerful toolkit to explore the dynamics of how societies emerge, how organisations create viability, how to facilitate chains of argument through causal mapping, how to embrace a multiplicity of perspectives identifying purposeful activity and how to look for the bigger picture across multiple disciplines.

Systems Approaches offers an excellent first introduction for those seeking to understand what ‘systems thinking’ is all about as well as why the tools discussed herein should be applied to management and professional practice. This book provides a practical guide, and the chapters stand alone in explaining and developing each approach.


Change Management Multiple Perspectives System System Dynamics Systems Approach Systems Practice Viable System Model

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Reynolds
    • 1
  • Sue Holwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Communication & Systems Dept.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Communication & Systems Dept.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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