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The Systems Perspective


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A slide show on the Systems Perspective that was made for my Organizational Communications class. Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions please leave a comment.

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The Systems Perspective

  1. 1. The Systems Perspective Casey Winner
  2. 2. Systems Perspective <ul><li>Emphasizes the important difference between a disconnected set of parts versus a collection of parts that work together to create a functional whole </li></ul>Though your body is hard to compare to a toilet, both are systems!
  3. 3. EXAMPLE: <ul><li>A BMW is considered an ultimate driving machine? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Braking? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handling? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>*It’s made up of all the unique qualities, not just one!* </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Smart people (like ourselves) used this theory <ul><li>Einstein considered Systems Theory Important </li></ul><ul><li>His theory of relativity transformed how we saw the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Space and time not only affect but also are affected by EVERYTHING that happens in the universe” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How this relates to the NWSF? <ul><li>The forum was like a bike </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just made up of wheels, but of the whole bike! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without all components, it would not be a bike and it would not function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They did not see the forum as a whole, but more separate functions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What was the forum’s downfall? <ul><li>The people’s vision was separate than other’s, therefore not creating a balanced, functioning Forum </li></ul><ul><li>… (Like the Bike) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hierarchy of General Systems Theory
  8. 8. Open Systems <ul><li>Encourages individual members to be mindful of the importance of the overall health of their industry “ecosystem” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Coopetition <ul><li>A blend of cooperation and competition that tries to reap the best of both worlds </li></ul>
  10. 10. Interdependence <ul><li>The wholeness of a system and its environment and to the interrelationships of individuals within the system </li></ul><ul><li>THINK OF AN ECOSYSTEM </li></ul>
  11. 11. Goals <ul><li>Defined in various ways in theories of organization and communication </li></ul>
  12. 12. Feedback <ul><li>A system of loops that connect communication and action </li></ul>
  13. 13. Equifinality <ul><li>Same goal may be reached in multiple ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no one best way to organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All ways of organizing are not qually effective </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Now that you have got through the presentation, here is some links ! <ul><li>SYSTEMS THINKING </li></ul><ul><li>This guy is corny but he does a song about systems theory…He relates systems to a zoo </li></ul><ul><li>If you find any other videos, I will add them to the list! </li></ul>
  15. 15. … In Conclusion! <ul><li>A great metaphor within the systems perspective is a machine including a bike or car… </li></ul><ul><li>An Ecosystem is also a good example of a system! </li></ul>