Holistic Thinking:

Systems Thinking

System Analysis

Understanding Interrelationships Between the Parts


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"My friend, all theory is gray, and the Golden tree of life is green." ~ Goethe

 Balanced Business System

 Systemic Innovation: 7 Areas


Two Basic Types of Systems2

  1. Closed system is one that is not influenced by, and does not interact with, its environments. Such systems are mostly mechanical and have predetermined motions or activities that must be performed regardless of the environment.

  2. Open system is one that is influenced by, and is continually interacting with, its environment.

Balanced Organization

5 Basic Elements

Wood (Corporate Capabilities):



Balanced Approach to Business Systems

Systems Approach to Management

Business Model

6Ws of Corporate Growth

Sustainable Growth Strategies

Systemic Innovation

Enterprise-wide Business Process Management (EBPM)

7Ss Model

System Defined

A system is a number of interdependent parts functioning as a whole for some purpose.

Systems and Wholeness

The concept of "wholeness" is very important in general system analysis. The system must be viewed as a whole and modified only through changes in its parts. Before modifications of the parts can be made for the overall benefit of the system, a thorough knowledge of how each part functions and the interrelationships among the parts must be present.1

Value Chain Management and Value System Analysis

Your firm's value chain links to the value chains of upstream suppliers and downstream buyers. The result is a larger stream of activities known as the value system.

Modern IT-powered Value Chain

The development of a competitive advantage depends not only on your firm's specific value chain, but also on the value system of which your firm is a part.

Making breakthrough improvements in your value chain requires out of the box, cross-functional, systems thinking.  You have to see the value creation process across the entire flow of work, not just single points... More

Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is your ability to things as a whole (or holistically) including the many different types of relationships between the many elements in a complex system... More

Systems Approach to Management

 Smart Executive

 Results-based Leadership

The systems approach to management is based on general system theory the theory that says that to understand fully the operation of an entity, the entity must be viewed as a system. This requires understanding the interdependence of its parts... More

Cross-functional Management (CFM)

Cross-functional management (CFM) manages business processes across the traditional boundaries of the functional areas. CFM relates to coordinating and synergizing the activities of different units for realizing the superordinate cross-functional goals and policy deployment. It is concerned with building a better system for achieving such cross-functional goals as innovation, quality, cost, and delivery... More

The Growing Role of the Business Architect

In today's knowledge- and innovation-driven complex economy, business architects are in growing demand.  They are cross-functionally excellent people who can tie several silos of business development expertise together, create synergies, design winning business model and a balanced business system and then lead people who will put their plans into action... More



  1. "Modern Management", Ninth Edition, Sameul C. Certo

  2. "General Systems Theory: A New Approach to Unity of Science," Ludwig von Bertalanffy

  3. "Integration: Its Meaning and Application", L. Thomas Hopkins