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A new model for systems thinking

For enterprise, business and software architects and

analysts, other business change agents and anybody

who consider themselves a “systems thinker.”

A new look at how we know what we know

Mapping descriptions to realities.

For anybody interested in the philosophy of science

that underpins the description of systems.

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Look for this article on systems

“30 things to know about systems thinking”

And this one on social justice

“How Marxism captured the West”


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The foundations of systems thinking

EA and  systems thinking


Older research notes on systems thinking

Forrester’s system dynamics

More on dynamics

Applying cybernetics to business

Ashby’s law of requisite variety

Clemson’s ideas

Beer’s ideas

Meadows’ generalizations

Disambiguating terms

Complexity science

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Look for these two articles

“30 things to know about systems thinking”

“More on the philosophy of systems thinking”


Older research notes on description and reality

a for system architects – and ISO/IEC 42010

b for semioticians – notably Peirce and Popper

c for philosophy – the problem of universals

d for mathematicians – where did numbers come from?


Research and notes made while stumbling to the above.

Research and notes made while stumbling to the above.



Systems thinkers


Information and description

Research for evolution

Thinkers before systems thinking

Systems in general

Social systems thinking - intro

Critical system thinking etc

Systems thinking vocabulary

Systems science or poetry?

The physics of systems

System coupling varieties

Ackoff’s ideas

Bertalanffy’s ideas

Boulding’s ideas

Checkland’s ideas

Von Foerster’s ideas

Maturana’s ideas

Luhmann’s ideas

Snowden’s ideas    

On description

On types and fuzziness

On information

On information & communication

Information feedback loops

Other information theories

Mental models and how brains work

The evolution of description

The evolution of description

The evolution of types and logic  

The magic number seven


System change

System change

Cybernetic ideas


Research for description theory


System change varieties

System stability and change

Ashby’s cybernetics

Cybernetics intro

Second order cybernetics

Self-organising systems

Third generation cybernetics

Description and reality

The 9 propositions idealism

Insights from the idealism triangle

System theory as idealism

Philosophical position statement 

Insights from description theory

The psychology of description

The philosophy of description

Principles for a vocabulary

Data and reality – after Bill Kent

More ideas

On complexity science

More sociological thinking


Research for type theory


Complexity science

Complexity measurement

Complex adaptive systems

Complexity explained? – part 1

Complexity explained? – part 2 

Bausch’s overview

More sociological perspectives

Ackoff’s system classes

Marx and Engels’ ideas

System types

People types

A type theory

The evolution of types

Types in different disciplines

How things instantiate types

Types and instances

Types and meta types

Taxonomies and ontologies

Types and instances – analysis

Set and type theory

Systems as complex types






Research for philosophy


Introducing system ideas

Holism and emergent properties


The primacy of behavior

Determinism and hysteresis


Hierarchical (v network) organisation

Chaos and non-linear behaviour

Predictability and probability


The problem of universals

System philosophy

Types and tokens

Knowledge and truth

A critique of realism

Existence in space and time

Relativity v quantum mechanics

Ontology and phenomenology

Logical positivism (Wittgenstein)

About life

Relevance of the above to EA



Enterprise architecture




The elements of systems

Primacy of views

Terms and concepts in system

Anatomy of the reference model

Formalising system description

TOGAF as applied system theory

Premises of EA and TOGAF

EA and philosophy

Quality assurance systems (a rant)

Entities and identities

Homeostasis and control

Hierarchies and lattices.

Idealisation in system theory

 “the real machine”

the eternal golden braid

Abstraction varieties and typology


The schism

More musings




The schism in systems thinking

EA, GST and social system

Social entities v. social systems

Actors, roles and assignments

The practical terminology challenge

Enterprise state data

Modelling madness.

Functionality  and  Logicality

Granularity  and  Modularity

Composition  and  Generalisation

Systems as abstractions

UML types and instances

Modelling the passage of time


ISO 42010 in a nutshell

What ISO 42010 means

ISO change proposal









System thinkers dictionary - draft

System thinking ontology – draft



More references  

Types and sets references  

Laszlo and Krippner references


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