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How your organization
thinks about problems has a lot to do with the quality of solutions it applies.
All too often, organizations rush through problem solving, overlook the relationships
between contributing factors, and fail to test assumptions before implementing an
Thinking and Common Archetypes to Organizational Issues gives you and your colleagues a new way
to think about and understand the challenges you face. You’ll be introduced to core
Systems Thinking concepts and common archetypes, or systemic behaviors that guide
organizations. You’ll see how Systems Thinking can improve problem solving and inspire
organizational learning. Most importantly, you’ll apply Systems Thinking and common
archetypes to issues that you and your organization are actually facing.
Thinking and Common Archetypes to Organizational Issues was adapted from a workshop entitled Systems
Thinking: A Language for Learning and Action from Innovation Associates.
Founded by Peter Senge, Innovation Associates brought the Systems Thinking approach
into many Fortune 100 level businesses. Michael Goodman was Vice President at Innovation
Associates, where he led the effort to develop this course for the web. Sherry Immediato,
Managing Director of the Society for Organization Learning (SoL) and founder of
Heaven & Earth Incorporated, adapted the original materials and contributed
significant content to this course.
In 2002, Michael founded Innovation Associates
Organizational Learning where he continues to teach and consult with organizations
worldwide. Recognized as a leader in the field of system dynamics and Systems Thinking,
Michael's specific interest is in developing and applying Systems Thinking to organizational
change and learning. He was one of the developers of the systems archetypes—systemic
patterns common to most workplaces that were forwarded in Peter Senge’s widely read
The Fifth Discipline. He has published widely and served as the primary contributor
to the Systems Thinking chapter in the acclaimed Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.