The paper "Systems Thinking Is Critical in Developing Solutions to Sustainability Challenges" is an outstanding example of management coursework. Presently, a day hardly passes without people hearing the word “ green” or “ sustainability” mentioned somewhere (Kim 2012). The increased focus on sustainability is attributed to the emergence of many complex problems that makes the world unsuitable for people, animals and plants. Climate change is amongst the wicked problems that the world faces today. A wicked problem refers to a problem that is not easy to solve because of the lack of agreements or changing requirements.
Climate change is a wicked problem because solving the problem of climate change has remained a big problem due to disagreement among leaders on the best approach to use. Currently, climate change is causing havoc to the planet to the extent that people could soon find it unbearable to live on the planet. Therefore, to tackle the problem of climate change, the world is resorting to the use of different strategies to promote sustainability and address the problem of climate change. However, system thinking is tipped as being the solution to sustainability challenges, such as climate change, though this is debatable (Goodman et al.
1997, p. 44). This discourse seeks to explore the extent to which system thinking can be used in developing solutions to the climate change problem. System Thinking Framework Although system thinking is a very old concept, the concept has gained wide recognition and application in addressing complex problems both at local and international level. Systems thinking take a holistic approach to addressing complex problems by focusing on the understanding of how structures of a dynamic system interrelate (Maani and Cavana 2007, p.
4). Midgley (2003, p. 6), however, defines system thinking as an approach that looks at the interdependence and not things, in order to understand the patterns of change. Midgley’ s definition of the concept implies a system thinker is one who analyzes a complex issue by looking at the patterns of behavior over a period of time; rather than just focusing on a particular event. Accordingly, system thinkers are people who are broad-minded and try to see things beyond the context in which they are embedded. Buchanan (1992, p.
7) argues that solving the wicked problems facing the world requires to require adopting a system thinking approach instead of a linear approach. Adoption of a system thinking approach in problem-solving is necessary because the approach ensures that though and behavior of an individual or corporation is brought in line with sustainability law. Some scholars have argued that system thinking has become a new way of solving complex problems in the world because it enables practitioners to understand and act towards bringing together the economic and social environment paradigms to sustainability, which in turn enables the community to address the challenges facing the society and make the ecosystem suitable for the well-being of the people.
Jackson (2003, p. 14) agrees with the argument, stating that system thinking approach plays a very critical role in the present-day society as it helps in solving the complexities in management than other approaches. Jackson (2003, p. 14) proceeds to state that mental models help in evaluating things that are happening around and enables people to predict the future outcome.
In this way, Jackson (2003, p. 15) argues that an individual or community is able to choose what to do to influence the future via casual loop diagrams. Below is a diagrammatic representation of a system thinking approach
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