Topic: Sustainability

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The Sustainability Challenge: Ecological and Economic Development

Imagine picking up a newspaper and reading that the country’s largest petroleum company has petitioned the government to increase the gasoline tax at the …

Learning Organizations: The Promise and the Possibilities

This year’s annual Systems Thinking in Action Conference explored both the promise and the reality of the learning organization through the theme, “Learning Organizations …

Creating Causal Theories

Peasants in southwest France have been selling smelly but delicious black truffles to restaurants for more than $600 a kilo (2.2 lb). Not surprisingly, …

Breaking the Cycle of Organizational Addiction

Every so often in the world of business, we see an enterprise that, after years of steady progress and growth, suddenly experiences a drastic …

The “Living” Company: Extending the Corporate Lifeline

In the 1970s, diversification was the rage. But by the early 1980s, serious doubts had surfaced in the Shell Group about the wisdom of …

Building Organizational Learning Infrastructures

The systems and structures that have served our organizations well throughout the Machine Age are no longer adequate to meet the demands of the …

STOP ’til You Drop” (Your Credit-Card Debt)

As we begin the busiest shopping season of the year, retailers may be in for a big surprise. While holiday shopping usually has people …

Measuring a City’s Health

When you fly a plane, you need an instrument panel in front of you, with lights and dials telling you how well the parts …

When to Simulate

Systems thinking offers an array of tools — from systems archetypes to computer models — for improving the quality of decision making. Knowing which …

Using Systems Thinking “On-Line”: Listening for Competing Hypotheses

A common approach for using systems thinking in a group setting is to set aside a specific time to explore a significant issue containing …