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HOD-806 Systems Approaches to Leadership, Organizations, and Society

4 semester credits

Cultivates systemic understanding as a holistic way of seeing and acting that stands in contrast with reductionist ways of knowing, focusing on interdependencies and interconnections. Develops systems concepts through investigation of patterns across human systems, human-environmental systems, and human-machine systems. Encourages a systemic practice addressing balancing stability/identity and change/transformation. Explores systemic leadership and systemic ethics in social systems ranging from organizational/community systems to ecological/world systems.

Fosters understanding of concepts that form a ground for systemic understanding, such as feedback, complexity, chaos, self-organization, self-regulation, requisite variety, and mutual causality, always focusing on relationships and interaction.

Topics also include context, process and emergence, inner and outer relationships, systems adaptation and flexibility, and organism/environment relationships.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):

  • Gain an understanding of basic principles of, and varieties of, Systems Thinking, Systems Theory, and Systems Practice.
  • Connect systems methods, models and theories to understanding and shaping dynamics of leadership in organizations and society.
  • Bring an appreciation of systems to settings and situations that matter to a student’s own worlds.

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