Michael Goodman

Michael Goodman

Author

Michael is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and practitioner in the fields of Systems Thinking, Organizational Learning, and Leadership, Michael Goodman has pioneered many innovations in the field of system dynamics that have made it more accessible to business and organizational leaders. Michael has published widely, authoring one of the first textbooks in the field, Study Notes in Systems Dynamics, and serving as the primary contributor to the Systems Thinking chapter in the acclaimed The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook. He also led the development of a web-based course, Systems Thinking: A Language for Learning & Action. Among his international clients are British Petroleum (Britain, Germany, Australia), Saudi Aramco Oil (Saudi Arabia), World Bank (USA, Philippines), Singapore Police Force (Singapore), Hyundai Corporation (South Korea), Gas Authority of India Limited (India) and Malaysian InfoSciences (Malaysia). His work on consulting projects has included the design and delivery of training sessions, individual coaching, side-by-side work with internal resources, and the engagement of strategic leadership teams to understand complex problems and identify the leverage points critical to their resolution. He is a charter member of the System Dynamics Society, and a charter member of the Society for Organizational Learning. He holds two Master’s Degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael is the Principal at Innovation Associates Organizational Learning.

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The Supply/Demand See-Saw: A Generic Structure

Using a systems thinking approach can expand our understanding of a particular problem or issue by helping us view our actions in the context …

Systems Thinking: What, Why, When, Where, and How?

If you’re reading The Systems Thinker®, you probably have at least a general sense of the benefits of applying systems thinking in the work-place.

From Causal Loop Diagrams to Computer Models–Part I

Imagine you are the human resources director for a company in a rapidly growing industry. Your latest strategy meeting focused on developing a human …

From Causal Loop Diagrams to Computer Models — Part II

Last month we outlined a process for turning a causal loop diagram into an accumulator and flow diagram, using the example of staffing decisions.

Using the Archetype Family Tree as a Diagnostic Tool

Consider the plight of a small “mom and pop” lawn care company. The owners faced periodic cash shortages due to the cyclical nature of …

The “Attractiveness Principle”: Trying to Be All Things to All People

Your friends raved about the new restaurant in town — “Great food, great service, great price” — so you finally decided to go. By …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Systems Thinking on the Job

So you’ve taken a systems thinking course — or maybe you’ve read a few issues of The Systems Thinker — and now you want to …

Six Steps to Thinking Systemically

Bijou Bottling Company is a fictitous beverage bottler with an all too real problem: chronic late shipments. Its customers—major chain retailers—are looking for orders …

Everyone’s Problem to Solve: Systems Thinking Cross-Functionally

Several years ago, I was approached by a California-based software firm focused on electronic design automation. Their software enabled hardware engineers to efficiently design …

Systems Thinking as a Language

Language has a subtle, yet powerful effect on the way we view the world. English, like most other Western languages, is linear—its basic sentence …