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The Art of People Management in Libraries by Vicki Williamson, James McKinlay

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5

Systems thinking simplified – four primary concepts

‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

In the last chapter, we tried to provide an overview of how the science of General Systems Theory has evolved from the early 1920s to now. Our own personal experiences demonstrated that the theory is not always easy to understand.

We have been actively studying the principles of Systems Thinking since the late 1980s. Following our review of the literature we felt that it was important to be able to translate these principles into a format that was relatively easy for the typical manager to be able to understand and embed within their management practices. To do this we attempted to distil the primary concepts into a few simple ...

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