New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Systems thinking offers a particularly useful worldview for dealing with increasing complexities faced by individuals. This paper explores the nature, assessment, and implications that systems thinking holds for individuals challenged by the shifting landscape of modern complex system problems. Following an introduction that identifies the main attributes of complex systems faced by individuals who engage in complex system activities, three major themes are developed: 1) exploration of the concept of systems thinking: 2) suggestion of how enhanced systems thinking can increase the capability of individuals to more effectively design for complex systems; 3) a strategic framework and initial findings for application of an instrument for assessment of the level of systems thinking skills for an individual. The instrument is deployed to graduate students from different fields to determine and compare their systems thinking skills (Systems Thinker, Middle Systems Thinker, and Reductionist System Thinker) in dealing with complex system problems. The paper concludes with future research and application of the systems thinking instrument to better understand complex system problem domains.
Jaradat, R., & Campbell, S. E., & Abutabenjeh, S. (2016, June), How to Find Systems Thinkers Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25489
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