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What is Systems Thinking? Expert Perspectives from the WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium of 2 October 2019

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (Systems Engineering Program), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 01609, USA
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Received: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 12 February 2020 / Published: 27 February 2020
Systems thinking is an approach to reasoning and treatment of real-world problems based on the fundamental notion of ‘system.’ System here refers to a purposeful assembly of components. Thus, systems thinking is aimed at understanding relationships between components and their overall impact on system outcomes (i.e., intended and unintended) and how a system similarly fits in the broader context of its environment. There are currently several distinct flavors of systems thinking, both in practice and scholarship; most notably in the disciplines of systems science, systems engineering, and systems dynamics. Each of these, while similar in purpose, has a distinct history and a rich set of methods and tools for various application contexts. The WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium held on 2 October 2019 was aimed at exploring the diversity of perspectives on systems thinking from these disciplines. The colloquium brought together world-renowned experts from both industry and academia to share insights from their research and practice. This paper offers a compilation of summaries of the presentations given. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems thinking; systems science; complexity systems thinking; systems science; complexity
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Amissah, M.; Gannon, T.; Monat, J. What is Systems Thinking? Expert Perspectives from the WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium of 2 October 2019. Systems 2020, 8, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems8010006

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Amissah M, Gannon T, Monat J. What is Systems Thinking? Expert Perspectives from the WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium of 2 October 2019. Systems. 2020; 8(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems8010006

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Amissah, Matthew, Thomas Gannon, and Jamie Monat. 2020. "What is Systems Thinking? Expert Perspectives from the WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium of 2 October 2019" Systems 8, no. 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems8010006

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