Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Accept

Feedback

Free returns

-

£3.95 standard UK delivery

-

All profits fight poverty

Keep up with Oxfam's Online Shop

© 2015. Oxfam is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 202918) and Scotland (SC039042). Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International.

Systems thinking for business

£14.99

Product description

Systems Thinking for Business is a crash course in applied systems science, or complexity science as some call it. Systems thinking can give you an edge in your business and career. Emergent system effects are often driving decisive inflection points. Without proper training, the mechanisms at work may be hidden in plain sight. Using the methods described in the book, the reader can identify unanticipated leverage points and solutions. In these situations, standard business practice may not work or may even produce unexpected and damaging side effects.Systems, or complexity, science is the study of interactions in time and space. The body of scientific work described includes: system dynamics (e.g., feedback loops), aggregation of discrete interactions (e.g., bottom-up decentralized processes such as markets assimilating information or crowd sourcing), game theory (such as the prisoners dilemma), networks (e.g., the small world effect and viral spread of information), evolution in business ecosystems (the way structures change over time) and more.Systems Thinking for Business delivers a rich set of systems tools (models) and the proper ways to use them. Important model use considerations in complex systems such as forecasting methods, assessment of causality and managing unpredictability are covered in depth. In addition, the examination of human judgment and decision biases in the mechanism and evaluation of system effects is capably described. The reader will be introduced to important systems simulation methods (dynamic simulation and agent based modeling), and be able to understand the application in their own business issues. Important concepts, such as Black Swans, TOP multiple perspectives, antifragility, system archetypes and many more, are explained in detail. Examples, cases, and thought-provoking questions and discussions are provided throughout the book to aid in assimilation of the ideas. Checklists and practical frameworks are used extensively to make the knowledge actionable. After you have finished the book, the author provides ongoing free support (e.g., blog, newsletter, social media) to help you develop your systems thinking skills.Unlike many books in this field, the application focus is purely on business. Also unlike some other books, Systems Thinking for Business scans the entire field of complexity science and culls out the most important concepts for business analysis. The author has skillfully harmonized the yin and yang of theory and practice. Every business discipline, from marketing to human resources, can use these insights. Look inside to find out more!

Item details

Author(s):
Richard Donald Jolly
Condition:
Used: very good
EAN-13:
9780692353349
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780692353349
Number of items:
1
Publisher:
Systems Solutions Press

Standard UK Delivery (£3.95 per order)

Ts and Cs
Delivery FAQs

Free returns

within 30 days.
Returns policy

About this item

Systems Thinking for Business is a crash course in applied systems science, or complexity science as some call it. Systems thinking can give you an edge in your business and career. Emergent system effects are often driving decisive inflection points. Without proper training, the mechanisms at work may be hidden in plain sight. Using the methods described in the book, the reader can identify unanticipated leverage points and solutions. In these situations, standard business practice may not work or may even produce unexpected and damaging side effects.Systems, or complexity, science is the study of interactions in time and space. The body of scientific work described includes: system dynamics (e.g., feedback loops), aggregation of discrete interactions (e.g., bottom-up decentralized processes such as markets assimilating information or crowd sourcing), game theory (such as the prisoners dilemma), networks (e.g., the small world effect and viral spread of information), evolution in business ecosystems (the way structures change over time) and more.Systems Thinking for Business delivers a rich set of systems tools (models) and the proper ways to use them. Important model use considerations in complex systems such as forecasting methods, assessment of causality and managing unpredictability are covered in depth. In addition, the examination of human judgment and decision biases in the mechanism and evaluation of system effects is capably described. The reader will be introduced to important systems simulation methods (dynamic simulation and agent based modeling), and be able to understand the application in their own business issues. Important concepts, such as Black Swans, TOP multiple perspectives, antifragility, system archetypes and many more, are explained in detail. Examples, cases, and thought-provoking questions and discussions are provided throughout the book to aid in assimilation of the ideas. Checklists and practical frameworks are used extensively to make the knowledge actionable. After you have finished the book, the author provides ongoing free support (e.g., blog, newsletter, social media) to help you develop your systems thinking skills.Unlike many books in this field, the application focus is purely on business. Also unlike some other books, Systems Thinking for Business scans the entire field of complexity science and culls out the most important concepts for business analysis. The author has skillfully harmonized the yin and yang of theory and practice. Every business discipline, from marketing to human resources, can use these insights. Look inside to find out more!

Author(s):
Richard Donald Jolly
Condition:
Used: very good
EAN-13:
9780692353349
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780692353349
Number of items:
1
Publisher:
Systems Solutions Press

Delivery & returns

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 14 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is Standard UK delivery is £3.95 per order, so you're only charged once no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 14 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is currently free no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

We offer a 30 day no quibble returns policy. You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section. You have the option of a full refund or exchange for an alternative item from the range.


Volunteer listed

Wonder how this unique item ended up online?

Most of the second-hand items you see online have been donated, by supporters like you, to our high street stores. Each item is then priced, photographed and listed on this site by our amazing team of volunteers from across the country.

After you have bought your item, our team of volunteers package and dispatch it from the Shop straight to you or your chosen recipient.

All profits from the sales of our goods go towards funding Oxfam's work around the world. We rely on your donations to sell online so please keep the cycle of goodness going!

Oxfam Bookshop Cheltenham

Oxfam is the UK's largest second hand bookseller. Oxfam bookshops offer a wider selection of books than most shops, from modern fiction and leisure interest to more specialist subjects, classics, and rare or collectable books. We also sell a good selection of Fairtrade food and greetings cards. Come and browse!

View Shop