Origin of Systems Thinking LO23951

From: Gijs Houtzagers (G.Houtzagers@inter.nl.net)
Date: 02/10/00

Replying to LO23925 --

replying to Steve Elfrink on the origins of system thinking.

Till the sixties business administrtaion from a scientific point of view
was focused on developing the techniques coming from scientific
management. Peter Drucker notes in 1960 that a shift is needed from
techniques towards methods, from results on parts towards a result on the
whole. he sees it as essential to focus on the functional effectivity of
the whole organism. The shortcomings of scientific management became more
obvious, focused on parts of the organization, for instance labor
positions, to optimize those, assuming this would result in a better
functioning organization. This lead for instance to sub optimization on a
specific spot by provising overcapacity to relaise zero latency. The
turnaround of Drucker was in fact the start of system thinking

Gijs Houtzagers
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