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5.0 out of 5 stars Theory and practises in Systems Thinking, 9 Dec 2013
This review is from: A Journey Through the Systems Landscape (Paperback)
I appreciate the good balance between concepts and case studies.
This book combines theory and experiences in the field of Systems Thinking and System Engineering.

I recommend this book to those who desire to discover the world of systems. It is useful for policy makers, strategists as well as experienced engineers who need to think and act in terms of systems in their daily life.
Being aligned with ISO standards (ISO 15288) it provides a consistent and pragmatic way to implement them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful book with lots of neat ideas, 31 Oct 2013
This review is from: A Journey Through the Systems Landscape (Paperback)
This is a really interesting book. It describes system concepts in a way that works equally well for systems engineers developing complex technological systems and for nurses using a systems approach to improving patient care. Of many interesting ideas, I would single out the 'system coupling diagram' as being particularly insightful and universally applicable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for systems engineering professionals and systems thinkers, 10 Mar 2012
This review is from: A Journey Through the Systems Landscape (Paperback)
We finally have a book on Systems Thinking that a systems engineer can relate to. Harold `Bud` Lawson has written an exceptional book that provides a holistic view of the systems landscape.

The journey through the systems landscape exposes the paradoxes in the world of system development. The pursuit of solutions in response to problems and opportunities are often conflicted. Narrowly defined boundaries of a system, or problem, result in overly restrictive problem descriptions. Systems' thinking provides a practical framework for thinking outside these restrictive processes and to think and act in a holistic manner that is conscience of the extended system and its implications. Having a comprehensive view of complex system problems and opportunities is the single most important transitional step towards building a learning organization that distinguishes itself from its competitors. We refer to this as systems thinking.

Lawson offers a practical rubric for incorporating Systems thinking into the organizational problem solving process. Systems' thinking fosters a holistic approach to problem solving which is attentive to all stakeholder needs that would otherwise go unnoticed and lead to unintended consequences. Lawson reminds the reader that organizations are themselves cybernetic systems. Enterprises use people, process, and tools to solve problems. How well these elements mesh are influenced by many interdependent factors that are easily overlooked and often lead to systematic shortfalls.

Lawson provides expert insights into the differences between Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom. The reader cannot help but be reminded of war stories where individual knowledge is not automatically understood at the team level. Lawson illustrates how Systems' thinking offers insight into building a learning organization that is equipped to deal with system complexity and the management of information in a changing environment.

I give the book an outstanding rating because it gives the reader a comprehensive overview of systems thinking and supporting literature to extend ones understanding of problem solutions and opportunities in the broader context of social systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to those who want to change an enterprise or set up a new one based on systems engineering principles., 5 July 2014
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From my perspective I see the value of Lawsons compiled knowledge and experience in the book. For those who want to change an enterprise or set up a new one and want to apply systems engineering "on the floor" this book is not the handbook or the textbook it is only the introduction to make you take the next step. And that next step is probably the most difficult one for top managers to take in the today's business.
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