We continually fragment problems into pieces; yet the challenges we face are increasingly systemic.
– Peter Senge
Popular writings on systems thinking and its application within business and organizational development emerged in the 1980’s. Borrowing insights from ecologists on the complex interdependence present in natural systems, organizational development practitioners began applying the wisdom of systems thinking in management training.
Systems thinking looks at the whole picture, and assumes that the successful interaction of the parts of any organism or organization is integral to its ability to maintain itself.