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Systems Thinking and its Application

FDA208, 2007VT

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School National Graduate School in Computer Science (CUGS)
Division DRTS
Owner Sten F. Andler
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Deadline for Registration of Interest: 9th February 2007

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Introducing System Concepts
Thinking and Acting in Terms of Systems
System Life Cycle Processes
System Descriptions and Instances
Change Management
Data, Information and Knowledge
Life Cycle Management of Systems
Organizations as Systems



Systems thinking (also called the systemic approach) evolved, through multiple contributions, into a discipline that can be applied in gaining an understanding of the broader aspects of systems including the dynamic relationships between systems in operation. Through systems and creative thinking, organizations/enterprises can learn to identify system problems and opportunities and to determine the need for, and consider the affect of, system changes. Further, via processes and life cycle models, as described in the ISO/IEC 15288 (System Life Cycle Processes) standard, organizations/enterprise can learn to act effectively in the management of system changes.

This course is organized as a journey through fundamental modules of knowledge that provide a holistic view of the systems landscape. It focuses upon the use of systems thinking and the life cycle management of systems as essential ingredients in building a learning organization that is equipped to deal with system complexity and the management of change

The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an intensive three-day session where the theory of systems thinking is presented and case studies are performed in small groups. After Part 1, the students complete reading assignments and either independently or in a group of at most three do a project that applies the theory in practice. In Part 2 (at least 5 weeks after Part 1) the students present and oral report on their project, deeper lecturers on applying systems thinking are provided and the final exam is provided. The students then have two weeks to submit their final written project report as well as the final examination.



Provided power point material
A textbook that is in the publication process entitled: A Journey Through the Systems Landscape, by Harold W. Lawson
Peter Senge, et.al., The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, Currency Doubleday, 1994. (ISBN 0-385-47256-0)
Robert Louis Flood, Rethinking the Fifth Discipline, Learning within the unknowable, Routledge, 1999. (ISBN 0-415-18530-0)



Professor Emeritus Harold “Bud” Lawson

Harold W. ”Bud” Lawson has been active in the computing and systems arena since 1958 with broad international experience in the public and private sectors as well as academic environments. He received the Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and the PhD degree from the Royal Technical University, Stockholm. During his long career, he has contributed to several pioneering efforts in hardware, software and system technologies. In 2000, he received the IEEE Computer Society prestigious Computer Pioneer Charles Babbage medal for his 1964-65 invention of the pointer variable concept for programming languages.

Harold Lawson has held permanent and visiting professorial appointments at several universities in the USA, Europe and the Far East. Currently, Honorary Professor in the Swedish Graduate School of Computer Science and Academic Fellow in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

Harold Lawson is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE European Distinguished Visitor, served on the ACM Fellows Committee (1997-2001) and is a Member of INCOSE. He as served as Head of the Swedish Delegation to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 WG7 and was the elected architect of the ISO/IEC 15288 standard.

Harold Lawson is an independent consultant operating his own company Lawson Konsult AB and is, as well, a consulting partner and member of the board of directors of Syntell AB, Stockholm.



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