Title: Managing dynamic complexity: opportunities for systems thinking in graduate management education
Authors: Vijay R. Kannan, J. Brian Atwater, Alan A. Stephens
Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3510, USA. ' Department of Business Administration, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3510, USA. ' Department of Business Administration, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3510, USA
Abstract: Competition and the time pressure to respond are adding to the challenges faced by business leaders. Managers are increasingly faced with decision-making scenarios characterised by significant dynamic complexity. While Systems Thinking (ST) tools exist to help prepare managers deal with dynamic complexity, it is not clear whether managers are in fact aware of or incorporating ST in making complex decisions. Results of a survey of faculty at the leading graduate schools of management in the USA suggest that opportunities exist to expand the awareness of ST both among faculty and the managers they are preparing. Moreover, they demonstrate a need to distinguish thinking about systems from thinking systemically.
Keywords: dynamic complexity; management education; systems thinking; graduate education.
International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2007 Vol.2 No.1, pp.21 - 39
Published online: 11 Jun 2007 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article