Systems Thinking Theory and Practice

Reading

Books are the source of inspiration for a large part of the thinking reflected on this site. Currently the most influential are probably Peter M. Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline - The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization” (first published in 1990, 2006 edition) and — what is probably Senge’s biggest critic — Stefan Kühl’s “Das Regenmacher-Phänomen - Widersprüche und Aberglaube im Konzept der lernenden Organisation” (2000), alongside the classic W. Edwards Deming’s “The New Economics” (1994) and Mara Selvini’s “The Hidden Games of Organizations” (originally published in Italian in 1981, translated 1986).

Reading List

Author Title Year Publisher
Stefan Kühl Das Regenmacher-Phänomen - Widersprüche und Aberglaube im Konzept der lernenden Organisation 2000 Campus
Edgar A. Singer On the Contended Life 1936 H. Holt and Company
Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior 1985 Plenum Press
Albert Bandura Self-Efficacy - The Excercise of Control 1997 W. H. Freeman and Company
Mara Selvini Palazzoli et al The Hidden Games of Organizations 1981, 1986 Pantheon Books
William Isaacs Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together 1999 Currency
Rolf Arnold Die emotionale Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit 2019 Schneider Verlag Hohengehren
Helmut Willke Einführung in das systemische Wissensmanagement 2004, 2018 Carl-Auer
Heinz von Foerster Sicht und Einsicht - Versuche zu einer operativen Erkenntnistheorie 1999 Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag
Chris Argyris Integrating the Individual and the Organization 1964 John Wiley & Sons
Chrys Argyris Overcoming Organizational Defenses - Facilitating Organizational Learning 1990 Allyn and Bacon
Donella H. Meadows Thinking in Systems 2008 Chelsea Green Publishing
John Seddon Systems Thinking in the Public Sector 2008 Triarchy Press
Zaid Hassan The Social Labs Revolution - A New Approch to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges 2014 Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Russel L. Ackoff Creating the Corporate Future 1981 John Wiley & Sons
Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela Autopoiesis and Cognition - The Realization of the Living 1972, 1980 D. Reidel Publishing
Russel L. Ackoff Redesigning the Future - A Systems Approach to Societal Problems 1974 John Wiley & Sons
John L. Casti Complexification - Explaining a Paradoxical World Trhought the Science of Surprise 1994 Harper Collins
Charles G. Schoderbek, Peter P. Schoderbek, Asterios G. Kefalas Management Systems - Conceptual Considerations 1975, 1980 Business Publications
Margaret Hefernan Willful Blindness - Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril 2011 Bloomsbury
W. Edwards Deming The New Economics For Industry, Government, Education 1994 The MIT Press
Peter M. Senge The Fifth Discipline - The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization 1990, 2006 Currency
W. Edwards Deming Out of the Crisis 1982, 1986 MIT CAES
Robert Fritz The Path of Least Resistance 2010 Newfane Press
Clifford Nass The Man Who Lied to His Laptop 2010, 2012 Current
Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise 2012 The Penguin Press
Teresa M. Amabile Creativity in Context 1996 Westview Press
Dedre Gentner, Albert L. Stevens et al Mental Models 1983 LEA Publishers
John R. Searle The Construction of Social Reality 1995 The Free Press
John R. Searle Making the Social World - The Structure of Human Civilization 2010 Oxford University Press