Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Category: Business Culture
Author: Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright
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by l_t   2019-05-17
I have found "Thinking in Systems" [0] to be a good book for crystallizing "systems" concepts in abstract. For example, it includes discussions on feedback loops, bottlenecks, equilibrium, etc.

IIRC, it has been used as a textbook for systems theory classes in some universities, but it's concise and written for a general audience.


by hcarvalhoalves   2019-04-08
A good book on the topic is "Thinking in Systems" by Donella Meadows [1]. It's a catalog of common system patterns and how they behave to give you some tools to answer the "then what?".


by bootsz   2018-12-21
The author of Thinking in Systems is incorrect. The author is Donella H. Meadows:
by wyc   2018-11-10
A great book for this is Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows. She has many illustrative examples that really help get the points across. Coming from an electrical engineering background, I found her discussion around the interactions between positive and negative loops to be very interesting.

by auslegung   2018-09-19
I was recently given this list of books by some very skilled engineers who I trust

1. [The Pragmatic Programmer]( 2. Martin Fowler's [Refactoring Book]( 3. Kent Beck's [Test Driven Development: By Example]( 4. [Thinking in Systems: A Primer]( 5. [Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice]( 6. [Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware](

by dpeck   2018-01-07
I enjoyed reading and feel like I got a lot out of Thinking in Systems: A Primer
by franze   2017-10-05
Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by kaycebasques   2017-08-20
"Thinking In Systems: A Primer" was a wonderful introduction to the topic.

by rymohr   2017-08-19
Yeah that's the gist of it. Helping people make sense of complicated relationships so they can make an impact.

If you're interested in this stuff Donella Meadow's book "Thinking in Systems" is a great introduction:

by danielharan   2017-08-19
I recommend reading for a clear explanation of why this actually makes peak oil worse.
by aaimnr   2017-08-19
This one seems to stand out: