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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title (2 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750671637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750671637
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"This is an excellent addition to books written on Systems Thinking. It is practical and timely and can be used by a vast majority of professionals such as engineers, planners and managers. I recommend it very highly to practitioners and academics."
C. J. Khisty, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

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This book has served as a wonderful introduction to the Systems Thinking approach. The writing style (for the most part) is clear and interesting to read. I'm giving this 5 stars because the author has avoided making a potentially long-winded topic sound boring.

Much of what is covered in the book is fairly comprehensive, although there are some points which I feel are expressions of opinion and not necessarily backed up with empirical evidence; however, this is not a common theme throughout the book, and much of what is explained is backed up with real-world examples. Also, the use of diagrams also breaks up the text and illustrates some of the key points being made.

I applaud Jamshid on his efforts on authoring this book, because it does provide fascinating insights on the systems approach, and it has immediately prompted a changed in world-view on my part. A fascinating read.
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An interesting read, with some useful concepts about organisational structures and dynamics. Doesn't easily translate into practice.
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Insightful, uses a narrative style to explaining the author's point of view. The community wouldn't necessarily agree with all of the assertions but if you want to have a different take on the history of this subject you can't go far wrong than read this book. I would love to be able to meet this author.
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This is not a book for the faint hearted, but for those of us who 1. need to get out more and 2. find the historical academic models , both linear and complex, unsatisfying this is the way forward
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The book can be a bit heavy going, but what it says is amazing. I often spent hours just thinking about one paragraph.

This is in sharp contrast to how Amazon conduct their business and how much they pay of our taxes. When I purchase an item from a British company, I am happy to pay some of my money towards tax - assuming that it is is used for my country. I am not happy to have a massive, highly profitable company siphon our money to line their own pockets.

So, if you want this book, try buying it from someone else if possible and help keep British money British
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