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Systems Thinking for Effective Managers

Systems Thinking for Effective Managers
The Road Less Travelled

First Edition

September 2017 | 220 pages | SAGE Response

Traditional education has been extremely biased towards science, owing primarily to the success that science has demonstrated in the last three centuries.  While the methods of science are greatly, if not fully, responsible for its success, these are grossly inadequate in the context of societal systems and the complexities that managers and leaders deal with.

The real world is markedly different and heavily interconnected. Systems thinking is the perfect antidote to the stagnation that characterizes managerial theories and practices. Conventional management, constrained by a sanitized world view, is no longer able to deliver as it did in the past. Expanding horizons and thinking holistically unveils the big picture and builds a body of knowledge more suited to the changing times we live in.

Foreword by Arun Maira
My Tryst with Systems
Science-The Prima Donna
Reality-The Karmakshetra
The Leap into the Unknown
Action Derivatives of Systems
The Stabilizing and Creative System
Complexity and Its Management
Management Styles in a Systems World
The Last Words

“… a thought-provoking book … a compelling case for a ‘holistic’ approach for decision-making in organizations … will appeal to both the management thinker and the thinking manager.”

Shankar Krishnan,
Group Head – Strategy, SP Group

“… a thought-provoking book … a compelling case for a ‘holistic’ approach for decision-making in organizations … will appeal to both the management thinker and the thinking manager.”  

Shankar Krishnan,
Group Head—Strategy, SP Group

“… an intellectual masterpiece … the author has illustrated the inadequacy of scientific approach in general management, … articulating various systems-based approaches … that help steer with dexterity in innumerable … situations—simple or complex!"

Rajeev Batra,
CIO, Times Group

Prashun Dutta

Prashun Dutta, a veteran with over three and a half decades of work experience initially as a management consultant with the National Productivity Council and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and later as a senior executive at Reliance group of companies, has a heady mix of management consulting and industrial engagement under his belt. A postgraduate in industrial engineering and a Fellow (equivalent to PhD) of the IIM Calcutta, he has worked in the areas of strategy, structure, and systems for an array of businesses and governmental organizations. As a senior executive with Reliance Industries, Prashun started with managing the business... More About Author

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