David Peter Stroh

David Peter Stroh


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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Identifying and Breaking Vicious Cycles

Perhaps the most prevalent and accessible form of systems thinking for people new to the concept is the vicious cycle. Examples: TEAM TIP…

Managing Your Time as a Leader

Many leaders feel starved for time. Working under the assumption that longer hours lead to improved productivity, they drive themselves and others to increase…

A Systemic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

My wife and I moved to Israel on September 25, 2000—three days before the Al Aqsa Intifada began. Our hopes for a wide-ranging sabbatical,…