Essays on Systems Thinking Is Critical in Developing Solutions Coursework

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The paper "Systems Thinking Is Critical in Developing Solutions" is an outstanding example of marketing coursework.   Systems thinking is an analysis tool that shows the relationships between various components of a system, the functioning of the systems over time as well and in connection with other larger systems. It incorporates the use of tools and concepts in an attempt to help the users conceptualize the working of more major systems (Checkland, 2004, p. 25). The primary goal of systems thinking is to enable the learners to understand the interrelationships between different contents of a system rather than the simple cost and effect perception; hence it is more detailed.

Systems thinkers, therefore, establish the connection between various entities in a precise manner. Carpenter (2012) describes a system as a collection of related elements that form a whole. Systems fall into different categories such as the ecological system that includes biological organisms, the animate systems such as people, social systems that include corporations and mechanistic systems that involve machines. Systems are also classified as either closed or open systems. While open systems entail the extraction of raw materials and energy and the release of wastes into the environment, closed systems have no exchanges with the environment and are not affected by any external forces (Lucey, 2004, p.

36). Systems thinking has many applications in various disciplines today, for instance in Environmental Studies, Engineering, Healthcare and Education. It is important because it increases a person’ s understanding of the whole system rather than restricting their knowledge to the constituent parts only. It also facilitates the discovery of some aspects and effects that may be overlooked in considering the different components of a system.

The interaction of systems components with each other affects them, and knowing this complexity in management is more important than understanding how complex the individual components are. Discussion Among the world’ s most wicked problems that can be solved through systems thinking is climate change. Climate change refers to the changes in the statistical distribution of the weather patterns which can last for an extended period ranging from years to several decades. These changes in the weather properties range from averages and variabilities to extremes. The natural causes of climate change are; natural variations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and meteorite impacts.

Human actions such as combustion of fossil fuels and industrial development also fuel climate change (Hardy, 2003, p. 13). Human beings have over the past decades exacerbated climate change through their activities (Parry, 2007, p. 643). The paper discusses climate change and how systems thinking can be used to find their solutions. The significant changes in the earth’ s climate in the past years were caused by the changes in the alignment of the continents and the oceans, volcanic eruptions, variations in the earth’ s orbit and changes in the intensity of the sun, these caused a rise in the ground temperatures.

Today, the drastic changes in the climate of the globe are caused by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, farming and deforestation which add to the already high levels of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (Hardy, 2003).


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