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TB871: Block 1 Tools stream references

Note: this is a post reflecting on one of the modules of my MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. You can see all of the related posts in this category

Just a quick post to share the books, articles, and other material referenced in the Block 1 Tools stream that I might want to come explore at some point in the future (Open University, 2020)

Armson, R. (2011) Growing wings on the way: systems thinking for messy situations. London: Triarchy Press.

Birney, A. (2017) Cultivating system change: a practitioner’s companion. London: Routledge.

Burns, D. (2018) ‘Deepening and scaling participatory research with the poorest and most marginalised’, European Journal of Operational Research, 268(3), pp. 865–874.

Cabinet Office (2004) Systems thinking in practice, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Available at: s_systems.htm (Accessed: 1 July 2009).

Caulkin, S. (2006) ‘Why things fell apart for joined-up thinking’, The Observer, 26 February. Available at: (Accessed: 24 December 2019).

Chakravarty, M. (2005) The 10 schools of strategic planning. Available at: (Accessed: 1 September 2009).

Chapman, J. (2004) System failure: why governments must learn to think differently, Demos. Available at: (Accessed: 3 January 2020).

Cohen, L. (1993) Stranger music: selected poems and songs. New York: Pantheon Books.

Habermas, J. (2015) The theory of communicative action. Volume 2: Lifeworld and System: a critique of functionalist reason. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Huston, T. (2007) Inside-Out: stories and methods for generating collective will to create the future we want. Cambridge, MA: Society for Organizational Learning.

Ison, R. (2017) Systems practice: how to act in situations of uncertainty and complexity in a climate-change world. New York: Springer.

Jagustović, R., Zougmoré, R.B., Kessler, A., Ritsema, C.J., Keesstra, S. and Reynolds, M. (2019). ‘Contribution of systems thinking and complex adaptive system attributes to sustainable food production: Example from a climate-smart village’,Agricultural Systems, 171, pp. 65–75. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2018.12.008.

Korzybski, A. (1933) ‘A non-Aristotelian system and its necessity for rigour in mathematics and physics’, Science and Sanity, pp. 747–761.

Liedtka, J.M. (1998) ‘Linking strategic thinking with strategic planning’, Strategy and Leadership, 26(4), pp. 30–35.

Mintzberg, H. (2000) ‘Strategy, blind men and the elephant’ in Dickson, T. (ed) Mastering Strategy, Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

Mintzberg, H., et al. (1998) Strategy safari: a guided tour through the wilds of strategic management. New York: The Free Press.

Mulgan, G., 1997. Life after politics: new thinking for the twenty-first century. London: Fontana Press.

Open Systems Group (2004) ‘Systems practice: a distinctive competence with the Open University’. Unpublished discussion paper.

Open University Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) group (2019) ‘Systems thinking practitioner (STP) competencies’. Unpublished discussion paper for development of the STP Apprenticeship Standard.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (2017) Systems approaches to public sector challenges: working with change. Paris: OECD.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (2020) Systemic thinking for policy making. the potential of systems analysis for addressing global policy challenges in the 21st century. Edited by W. Hynes, M. Lees, and J. M. Muller. doi: Paris: OECD.

Lankelly Chase (2016) Systems changers 2016 ‘From where I stand:’ How frontline workers can contribute to and create systems change. London: Lankelly Chase.

Reynolds, M. (2014) ‘Triple-loop learning and conversing with reality’, Kybernetes, 43(9/10) pp. 1381–1391. doi:10.1108/K-07-2014-0158

Reynolds, M. (2015) ‘Rigour (-mortis) in evaluation’, Evaluation connections: the European Evaluation Society newsletter, June, Special edition, pp. 2–4. Available at: (Accessed: 31 March 2020).

Reynolds, M. and Holwell, S. (2020) ‘Introducing systems approaches’ in Reynolds, M. and Holwell, S. (eds) Systems approaches to making change: a practical guide, 2nd edn. Milton Keynes: The Open University/London: Springer.

Reynolds, M., Sarriott, E., Swanson, R.C. and Rusoja, E. (2018). ’Navigating systems ideas for health practice: towards a common learning device’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 24(3), pp. 619–628. doi:10.1111/jep.12872

Savigny D. de, Adam T. (2009) Systems thinking for health systems strengthening. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Seddon, J. (2019) Beyond command and control. Buckingham: Vanguard Consulting.

Ulrich, W. (2003) ‘Beyond methodology choice: critical systems thinking as critically systemic discourse’, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 54(4), pp. 325–342.

Weick, K.E., Sutcliffe, K.M. and Obstfeld, D. (2008) ‘Organizing for high reliability: Processes of collective mindfulness’, Crisis management, 3(1), pp. 81–123.

Witell, L., Gebauer, H., Jaakkola, E., Hammedi, W., Patricio, L. and Perks, H. (2017) ‘A bricolage perspective on service innovation’, Journal of Business Research, 79, pp. 290–298.

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