Systems Thinking and Personality Types LO22623

Gavin Ritz (
Sun, 12 Sep 1999 11:52:35 +1200

Replying to LO22618 --

Dear Roy

I agree, but don't feel so strongly about it. I have looked at Ackoff's
personality profiles and they are very deterministic or what I call
discriminated-object not a systems approach at all, I was very
disappointed because Ackoff is a systems theorist. He uses the
Internaliser-Externaliser approach however Deci's motivation model is
almost the same. Question marks over this approach????? From the models
that we use we have worked out that there are more than 60 000 million
million different combinations of behaviour and motivation and we haven't
even included logical reasoning. That has brought me to the conclusion
that everyone on the planet is unique but similar at the same time.


Roy Benford wrote:

> I don't really understand what this has to do with soft systems thinking
> other than the use of Ackoff's name. My problem is with the last bit
> about being able to predict people's behaviour. ...


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