The Manager S Guide To Systems Practice

Author: Frank Stowell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118345622
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This book is an ideal resource on the subject of systems practice for busy managers whose time is scarce. It provides a rapid introduction to straightforward, yet powerful ideas that enable users to address real world problems. Systems theory and practice is predominantly a framework for thinking about the World, in which holistic views are maintained. In this respect it contrasts with some familiar techniques of management science, in which problem situations are broken down into their constituent parts with resultant loss of coherence.

Schl Sselwerke Der Systemtheorie

Author: Dirk Baecker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531200038
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Die Systemtheorie ist ein Versuch, Beschreibungen für Phänomene zu finden, die weder so einfach sind, dass sie kausal, noch so zufällig, dass sie statistisch beschrieben werden können. In der Systemtheorie geht es um Phänomene der Selbstorganisation und um die Frage, wie der Beobachter mit einer Begrifflichkeit ausgestattet werden kann, die es ihm erlaubt, zu begreifen, dass er mit seinen Beschreibungen ein Teil der Welt ist und nicht in einem imaginären Außerhalb agiert. Die 2. Auflage ergänzt die Texte der 1. Auflage um konzeptionelle Beiträge aus der Management- und Organisationslehre sowie um weitere Beiträge aus der allgemeinen Systemtheorie und Kognitionswissenschaft. Überdies sind die Texte nicht mehr nur chronologisch geordnet, sondern bestimmten Themengruppen zugeordnet. Nach wie vor gibt es Beiträge, die Schlüsselwerke würdigen, und Beiträge, die aus Schlüsselwerken Konsequenzen für die eigene Arbeit ziehen. Der Inhalt · Kybernetik · Kommunikation · Selbstorganisation und Autopoiesis · Mathematik und Logik · Management und Design · Soziologie und Politikwissenschaft Die Zielgruppen · SoziologInnen · SystemtheoretikerInnen · BeraterInnen · TherapeutInnen · Erkenntnis- und WissenschaftsforscherInnen Der Herausgeber Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker, Soziologe, ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Kulturtheorie und Management an der Universität Witten/Herdecke.

Critical Systems Thinking And The Management Of Complexity

Author: Michael C. Jackson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119118395
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The world has become increasingly networked and unpredictable. Decision makers at all levels are required to manage the consequences of complexity every day. They must deal with problems that arise unexpectedly, generate uncertainty, are characterised by interconnectivity, and spread across traditional boundaries. Simple solutions to complex problems are usually inadequate and risk exacerbating the original issues. Leaders of international bodies such as the UN, OECD, UNESCO and WHO — and of major business, public sector, charitable, and professional organizations — have all declared that systems thinking is an essential leadership skill for managing the complexity of the economic, social and environmental issues that confront decision makers. Systems thinking must be implemented more generally, and on a wider scale, to address these issues. An evaluation of different systems methodologies suggests that they concentrate on different aspects of complexity. To be in the best position to deal with complexity, decision makers must understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches and learn how to employ them in combination. This is called critical systems thinking. Making use of over 25 case studies, the book offers an account of the development of systems thinking and of major efforts to apply the approach in real-world interventions. Further, it encourages the widespread use of critical systems practice as a means of ensuring responsible leadership in a complex world. Comments on a previous version of the book: Russ Ackoff: ‘the book is the best overview of the field I have seen’ JP van Gigch: ‘Jackson does a masterful job. The book is lucid ...well written and eminently readable’ Professional Manager (Journal of the Chartered Management Institute): ‘Provides an excellent guide and introduction to systems thinking for students of management’

Decision Management Concepts Methodologies Tools And Applications

Author: Management Association, Information Resources
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 152251838X
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The implementation of effective decision making protocols is crucial in any organizational environment in modern society. Emerging advancements in technology and analytics have optimized uses and applications of decision making systems. Decision Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is a compendium of the latest academic material on the control, support, usage, and strategies for implementing efficient decision making systems across a variety of industries and fields. Featuring comprehensive coverage on numerous perspectives, such as data visualization, pattern analysis, and predictive analytics, this multi-volume book is an essential reference source for researchers, academics, professionals, managers, students, and practitioners interested in the maintenance and optimization of decision management processes.

The Moment Of Clarity

Author: Christian Madsbjerg
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 1422191907
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Businesses need a new type of problem solving. Why? Because they are getting people wrong. Traditional problem-solving methods taught in business schools serve us well for some of the everyday challenges of business, but they tend to be ineffective with problems involving a high degree of uncertainty. Why? Because, more often than not, these tools are based on a flawed model of human behavior. And that flawed model is the invisible scaffolding that supports our surveys, our focus groups, our R&D, and much of our long-term strategic planning. In The Moment of Clarity, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen examine the business world’s assumptions about human behavior and show how these assumptions can lead businesses off track. But the authors chart a way forward. Using theories and tools from the human sciences—anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and psychology—The Moment of Clarity introduces a practical framework called sensemaking. Sensemaking’s nonlinear problem-solving approach gives executives a better way to understand business challenges involving shifts in human behavior. This new methodology, a fundamentally different way to think about strategy, is already taking off in Fortune 100 companies around the world. Through compelling case studies and their direct experience with LEGO, Samsung, Adidas, Coloplast, and Intel, Madsbjerg and Rasmussen will show you how to solve problems as diverse as setting company direction, driving growth, improving sales models, understanding the real culture of your organization, and finding your way in new markets. Over and over again, executives say the same thing after engaging in a process of sensemaking: “Now I see it . . .” This experience—the moment of clarity—has the potential to drive the entire strategic future of your company. Isn’t it time you and your firm started getting people right? Learn more about the innovation and strategy work of ReD Associates at: redassociates.com

Materials Management

Author: Stan C. McDonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470449097
Size: 62.59 MB
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A solid introduction to materials management and the tools needed to create a world-class materials management program This nuts-and-bolts guide presents an overview of the inner workings of the materials process, as well as the best practices to achieve a world-class operating system that will help to eliminate ineffective materials management. Coverage includes discussion of material requirements planning, planning parameters, electronic data interchange, and material control graphs and reports, among many other topics. Thorough and practical, Materials Management explains the impact that inadequate inventory control has on a company and how these poor controls can reduce production, cause inefficiencies in labor, create excessive inventory, and increase freight expenses. Stan McDonald (Northville, MI) is an independent consultant on materials management. Throughout his 30-year career, he has held various positions in the supply chain/materials management arena.

The Heretic S Guide To Best Practices

Author: Paul Culmsee
Publisher: iUniverse Star
ISBN: 1938908406
Size: 49.28 MB
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When it comes to solving complex problems, we often perform elaborate rituals in the guise of best practices that promise a world of order, certainty, and control. But reality paints a far different picture, which practitioners are often reluctant to discuss. A witty yet rigorous journey through the seedy underbelly of organisational problem solving, The Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices pinpoints the reasons why best practices don’t work as advertised and what can be done about it. “Hugely enjoyable, deeply reflective, and intensely practical. This book is about weaving human artistry and improvisation, with appropriate methods and technologies, in order to pool collective intelligence and wisdom under pressure.”—Simon Buckingham Shum, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK “This is a terrific piece of work: important, insightful, and very entertaining. Culmsee and Awati have produced a refreshing take on the problems that plague organisations... If you’re trying to deal with wicked problems in your organisation, then drop everything and read this book.”—Tim Van Gelder, Principal Consultant, Austhink Consulting

Transformative Learning In Practice

Author: Jack Mezirow
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118045432
Size: 19.68 MB
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Transformative learning in practice Transformative learning is becoming influential in all areas of the educational landscape. In Transformative Learning in Practice, leading authorities and practitioners working in a variety of national and international settings, including college classrooms, corporate workshops, online, and informal groups in rural communities, offer insights and a wealth of strategies for fostering transformative learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative Learning in Practice will help readers: Learn the most effective practices for promoting transformative learning Understand the most helpful ways transformative learning informs practice Find out how the teaching setting shapes the practice of transformative learning Discover the successes, strengths, and outcomes of fostering transformative learning Recognize the risks and challenges of practicing transformative learning This comprehensive resource includes an introduction to the theory of transformative learning, a brief overview of the growing body of research on the topic, and a discussion of areas for future exploration. Praise for Transforming Learning in Practice "Transformative learning comes to life in this powerful collection of real experiences which put transformative learning into practice in higher education, the workplace, and in community and social change education. Every chapter is full of candid insights from reflective practitioners about the challenges and rewards of engaging in transformative learning. A must-read for adult educators everywhere!" —Sharan B. Merriam, professor emeritus of adult education, University of Georgia "Mezirow and Taylor's book deepens our understanding of a central idea in adult education—that meaningful learning for adults is often triggered by a transformative experience. Readers are provided a rich array of approaches which help them to understand and facilitate transformative learning in multiple settings. Together these practices build a toolkit for those who would support learning that transforms." —Karen E. Watkins, professor, human resource and organization development, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia "Methods to facilitate transformative learning bear intriguing similarities across varied places and spaces. This book breaks through silo thinking and is for educators across formal and informal settings who are concerned with individual or collective transformation, whether in the 'North' or 'South.'" —Shirley Walters, professor of adult and continuing education, University of Western Cape, South Africa

The Care Of Wounds

Author: Carol Dealey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118276183
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The Care of Wounds addresses all aspects of holistic wound management. The fourth edition of this successful clinical text continues to reflect current research and evidence-based practice, while incorporating the considerable developments which have occurred in wound care practice since the previous edition. It includes chapters on the physiology of wound healing, general principles of wound management, wound management products, and the management of patients with both acute and chronic wounds. The title is an essential read for all nurses and healthcare professionals working in the field of tissue viability and wound healing. Comprehensive and clinically-oriented Examines best practice in wound management Incorporates national and international clinical guidelines where applicable Superbly illustrated with full colour throughout

The Common Sense Guide To Improving The Safeguarding Of Children

Author: Terry McCarthy
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784500925
Size: 14.71 MB
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Aiming to provide purpose and direction in a complex field of work, this book offers direct and straightforward guidance on how to improve child protection on the frontline. Terry McCarthy draws directly from his own extensive practice experience to outline three steps to achieve improved outcomes. First, he explains how to establish an effective culture which develops learning on relationships and styles of authority. Second, he identifies how to support social workers to create a stable, skilled and confident workforce, equipped to deal with emotional challenges. Third, he outlines strategies to enable families to change, with useful techniques for working alongside families to make sure the needs of the child are being met. This approach aims to help children to live safely and well within their own families. This practical guide serves as a guiding compass through the dilemmas and conflicts of child protection practice, and will be valued by frontline social work managers and practitioners alike.