David Peter Stroh

David Peter Stroh

Author

David Peter Stroh is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners and a founding director of appliedsystemsthinking.com. He was also one of the founders of Innovation Associates, the consulting firm whose pioneering work in the area of organizational learning formed the basis for fellow co-founder Peter Senge’s management classic The Fifth Discipline. David is the author of the new book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015) and of over 30 articles and book chapters including many in “The Systems Thinker”. David is internationally recognized for his work in enabling leaders to apply systems thinking to achieve breakthroughs around chronic, complex problems and to develop strategies which improve system-wide performance over time. His clients have included the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, World Bank, Center for Disease Control, and multinationals such as Johnson & Johnson and Hewlett-Packard. David is committed to helping organizations and communities apply systems thinking to social change. Together with his wife Marilyn Paul, he has also written and consulted on how to reduce managerial and organizational overload, as well as authored an article on ‘The Learning Family’. David is a charter member of the Society for Organizational Learning. He is a graduate of MIT and the University of Michigan with degrees in city planning and civil engineering.

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The Rich Get Richer and the Poor…

As a child of the 1960s, I, like so many of my peers, felt antagonistic toward the world of business. Then in 1979 I became …

The Case for Systemwide Learning

In his book Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski describes two scenarios developed by Shell in the early 1990s. “New Frontiers” depicts a world where “rich and …

The Learning Family: Bringing the Five Disciplines Home

Roger and his wife June had been struggling with differing views about how to bring up their children. Recently, Roger attended a program about …

A Systems View of the Economic Crisis

One of many recent articles on the current financial crisis noted that it could only have occurred because so many people were willing to …

Exposing the Hidden Benefits of Business As Usual: Why the Status Quo is So Difficult to Change

For the medical informatics unit of a major health services organization, the vision was clear and compelling: assure that the most advanced current knowledge …

Acting and Thinking Systemically

In the summer of 2006, a group of local foundations supported the leaders of Calhoun County Michigan (population 100,000), in developing a 10-year plan …

Conflicting Goals: Structural Tension at Its Worst

Susan is a task manager in an international development bank who finds herself ceaselessly pulled between satisfying client expectations on individual country projects and …

The Systems Orientation: From Curiosity to Courage

Systems thinking is different from most other problem-solving tools because it takes into account the fact that we are a part of the system …