Category - Systems thinking

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Rethinking Learning & Leadership – Howard Green
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Rethinking innovation in organizations through coevolving systems theory
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What is systems thinking?

Rethinking Learning & Leadership – Howard Green

The Systems Centre: Learning and Leadership in the University of Bristol’s Graduate School of Education and Faculty of Engineering has launched! Kicking off its expert seminar series was Howard Green, Director of Research and Development at Oasis Academies, formerly Special Adviser on Leadership at the Department of Education, and Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Education. “Has the current paradigm for school leadership, with its focus on professional standards and competencies, taken us as far as it can with our efforts to transform schools? How can systems thinking and processes help us to find answers to some of the complex problems that remain unresolved and often block further progress in schools? The seminar will stimulate thinking and discussion about[…]

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Rethinking innovation in organizations through coevolving systems theory

Professor Richard Vidgen Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales will be leading this seminar at the UoB Systems Centre on 1st June at 1700 Research into high performing workplaces identifies the ability of organizations to innovate as a significant indicator of financial performance. Unsurprisingly, innovation is of great interest to governments. Despite this interest from firms and policy-makers it is less clear how organizations can organize to encourage, generate, and capture innovation. This paper develops an innovation organizing framework grounded in complex adaptive systems. The framework draws on three principles of coevolving systems: match coevolutionary change rate, maximize self-organizing, and synchronize exploitation and exploration. The last principle suggests that innovation should not be viewed in isolation, i.e.,[…]

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What is systems thinking?

These two lectures by Professor David Blockely were given in the University of Bristol in February 2011. They are a really good way to get a handle on systems thinking and how it’s applicable to the world in which we live.  They are called A Tale of Two Systems.  If you like them and the traditional lecture format then there are five more in the series which you can find on you tube or at the systems centre at the UoB.

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