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Tutoring on Systems Thinking in Practice

The Open University module TU811 'Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change' is a postgraduate one forming part of the requirement for a MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. Through study of the module, students develop their appreciation and understanding of complex situations, ones full of many interconnections, uncertainties and unknowns, where the stakeholders have diverse perspectives, agendas and interests, and where conflicts inevitably arise. Working within such situations and taking action for change is an unpredictable processs. The module enables students to become familiar with a range of tools and approaches from the traditions of Systems Thinking for working with complexity. These include Systems Dynamics (SD), the Viable Systems Model (VSM), Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA) and Crtical Systems Heuristics (CSH).