Systems thinking: an introduction by Russell Ackoff

These two videos describe the difference between analysis (study of the parts) and synthesis (understanding of the whole). Analysis provides knowledge; synthesis provides understanding. Describes that all systems are parts of larger systems. Also describes that an essential property of a system is that it cannot be divided into independent parts; that its properties derive from the interaction of its parts.

The automobile and traffic system are used as examples.

The quality of the videos is not high, nevertheless it is an opportunity to hear one of the greats of systems thinking.

 


(1) Video (4 and a half minutes): "Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 1" (a talk given at Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, California, USA, in the early 2000s). Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJxWoZJAD8k

 

 


(2) Video (7 and a half minutes): "Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 2". Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdBiXbuD1h4

 

 


 

Posted: November 2016
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