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    Monday, June 8, 2009

    Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking

    Article by Fred Collopy:

    "You never learn by doing something right ‘cause you already know how to do it. You only learn from making mistakes and correcting them."
    Russell Ackoff

    "Design and "design thinking" is gaining recognition as an important integrative concept in management practice and education. But it will fail to have a lasting impact, unless we learn from the mistakes of earlier, related ideas. For instance, "system thinking", which shares many of the conceptual foundations of "design thinking", promised to be a powerful guide to management practice, but it has never achieved the success its proponents hoped for. If systems thinking had been successful in gaining a foothold in management education over the last half of the 20th century, there would be no manage by designing movement, or calls for integrative or design thinking."

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