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Systems Theory, Systems Thinking

November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Co-sponsored by: Joint CS/RA/SMC Chapter

This talk discusses several important concepts in cybernetics, including organized complexity, transformation, feedback, and control. The talk concludes with a brief overview of three important systems thinking approaches: Jay Forrester’s System Dynamics, Peter Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), and Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM). Using causal loops and System Dynamics, the analyst can model and simulate interactions among system elements and avoid emergent problems when a system or organization becomes operational. Using SSM, the analyst learns about the whole problem under study, the criteria for success, and all the influences and constraints. Using VSM the analyst diagnoses and controls the organization and works towards improving it.

Speaker(s): Stephanie White,

Agenda:

This talk discusses several important concepts in cybernetics, including organized complexity, transformation, feedback, and control. The talk concludes with a brief overview of three important systems thinking approaches: Jay Forrester’s System Dynamics, Peter Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), and Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM). Using causal loops and System Dynamics, the analyst can model and simulate interactions among system elements and avoid emergent problems when a system or organization becomes operational. Using SSM, the analyst learns about the whole problem under study, the criteria for success, and all the influences and constraints. Using VSM the analyst diagnoses and controls the organization and works towards improving it.

Location:
Room: 4018
Bldg: Fred Kaiser
University of British Columbia
2332 Main Mal
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4

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Date:
November 15
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Website:
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Organizer

ljilja@cs.sfu.ca