Understanding Systems Thinking: An Agenda for Applied Research in Industry


  • Pamela Buckle Henning Adelphi University
  • Jacqui Wilmhurst
  • Mike Yearworth University of Bristol


systems thinking, systems methodology, cognitive styles, worldview, ethics


Why systems thinking is valuable is relatively easy to explain.  However, in the authors’ work as university educators, teaching a student processes of enquiry that are themselves systemic is a difficult undertaking.  The capacity to view the world in systemic ways seems an innate characteristic that some individuals possess.  Might it be the case that being a systems thinker is dependent on holding a particular worldview?  Systems theorists have evolved tools and methodologies to help people do systems thinking.  Is being a user of systems methods the same as being a systems thinker? Are certain cognitive competencies, styles, or preferences required for people to make effective use of such tools and methodologies?



How to Cite

Buckle Henning, P., Wilmhurst, J., & Yearworth, M. (2012). Understanding Systems Thinking: An Agenda for Applied Research in Industry. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2012, San Jose, CA, USA. Retrieved from https://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings56th/article/view/1909



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