Systems Perspective to Organizations By: Tara Lane Comm 303-Web
Topics to  Cover: <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Origin (who and where) </li></ul><ul><li...
What is the systems perspective <ul><li>Emphasizes parts working together to form a functional whole </li></ul><ul><li>In ...
In Other Words… <ul><li>In a marriage: If one person is not dedicated, the system falls apart.  </li></ul><ul><li>In a bus...
Origin of Theory <ul><li>Issac Newton  vs.  Einstein </li></ul>Believed space and time existed separately Parts work toget...
General Systems Theory <ul><li>Explains how organisms are related in ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Biologist Ludwig von Ber...
From Biology to Organizational Communication <ul><li>Organizations= need constant flow of information to and from their en...
Components of Good systems <ul><li>Environment- work with it to be successful. Establishing partnerships and teams make fo...
Components of Good Systems Cont. <ul><li>Process and feedback- positive or negative feedback can lead to progress toward g...
Appeal of Systems Theory <ul><li>Highlights the importance of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Senge’s learning organ...
Application to NWSF <ul><li>A good systems perspective was not used in planning for the NWSF </li></ul><ul><li>Lack in com...
Where did the NWSF go wrong? <ul><li>Vital committees pulled out. </li></ul><ul><li>As we know, in a system there are part...
Movie Time <ul><li>For a fun video regarding parts working together  Click Here! </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork is needed for ...
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  1. 1. Systems Perspective to Organizations By: Tara Lane Comm 303-Web
  2. 2. Topics to Cover: <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Origin (who and where) </li></ul><ul><li>The theory </li></ul><ul><li>How applies to Org. Comm </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals </li></ul><ul><li>Application to NWSF </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the systems perspective <ul><li>Emphasizes parts working together to form a functional whole </li></ul><ul><li>In a system, the whole is more than the sum of its parts </li></ul>
  4. 4. In Other Words… <ul><li>In a marriage: If one person is not dedicated, the system falls apart. </li></ul><ul><li>In a business: people work together forming a “team” </li></ul><ul><li>Machine=sum of parts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Origin of Theory <ul><li>Issac Newton vs. Einstein </li></ul>Believed space and time existed separately Parts work together Issac Wins!
  6. 6. General Systems Theory <ul><li>Explains how organisms are related in ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy </li></ul><ul><li>developed the theory </li></ul>
  7. 7. From Biology to Organizational Communication <ul><li>Organizations= need constant flow of information to and from their environment </li></ul><ul><li>Systems theory provided a new connection between communicating and organizing. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Components of Good systems <ul><li>Environment- work with it to be successful. Establishing partnerships and teams make for stronger end results </li></ul><ul><li>Interdependence- cannot focus on personal needs. One’s actions will effect the whole group. Being conscious of this will lower the risk of the group falling apart. </li></ul><ul><li>Goals- activities are directed towards these. Businesses have different levels, and if level A has one goal, and level B has another, they have to work together. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Components of Good Systems Cont. <ul><li>Process and feedback- positive or negative feedback can lead to progress toward goals. Positive thinking will go far. </li></ul><ul><li>Openness, order and Contingency- </li></ul><ul><li>-kept order, openess to new things, </li></ul><ul><li>and thinking ahead while communicating </li></ul><ul><li>in groups can result in positive effects. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Appeal of Systems Theory <ul><li>Highlights the importance of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Senge’s learning organization and Karl Weik’s sense-making model bring system thinking to life </li></ul>
  11. 11. Application to NWSF <ul><li>A good systems perspective was not used in planning for the NWSF </li></ul><ul><li>Lack in communication among members= the downfall </li></ul><ul><li>For success, parts of a whole must work together… and the members of the planning committee failed at this </li></ul><ul><li>Members would try to move on without agreement among the group, so problems were never solved </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where did the NWSF go wrong? <ul><li>Vital committees pulled out. </li></ul><ul><li>As we know, in a system there are parts, and if the parts aren’t there.. The system fails. </li></ul><ul><li>Other committees pulled out too and the event was cancelled. </li></ul><ul><li>Who wanted to be a part of a system that was so dysfunctional? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Movie Time <ul><li>For a fun video regarding parts working together Click Here! </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork is needed for success! </li></ul>

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