Systems Thinking for a Changing World

Why Take This Course

  • become a more critical thinker about how different political, economic, social, technological and environmental factors and behaviours interact to produce often surprising results
  • understand how different archetypal patterns of change play out at the organizational, industry and societal levels
  • challenge existing assumptions about what is impacting your organization by breaking away from restrictive linear thinking
  • improve competitive positioning and organizational performance in a world that is becoming inherently more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous

Course Description
Our world is filled with interdependent elements and forces of change that are all part of complex systems. Yet, business managers and policy makers often view the world through restrictive linear perspectives that do not adequately capture this larger complexity. By contrast, systems thinking views the world holistically. It reveals pathways to deeper understanding of how different phenomena interact and impact organizations, industries and society.

This program will help you become a more insightful systems thinker. You will learn to appreciate how you are surrounded by systems that are greater than the sums of their parts and how the connectivity between system elements and forces of change can be managed for organizational advantage. Through case studies and applied exercises, participants will learn systems thinking tools and approaches that will enhance opportunity identification and problem solving to challenges your organization may face in the future.

Facilitator Information
Dr. Peter Bishop is the founder and Executive Director of Teach the Future, a global organization introducing futures thinking into various school curricula around the world. Previously, for 30 years, he led the Master’s in Foresight program at the University of Houston, one of the world’s leading graduate futures thinking degrees. With his co-author, Andy Hines, he wrote Teaching About the Future, a widely used ‘go to’ manual for experienced and aspiring foresight practitioners seeking to expand their toolkits. Dr. Bishop has earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University as well as an MA and PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University.

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  • Dates and Fees

    Spring 2022 Online Session:

    Day 1:  Wednesday, March 2, 2022 

    Day 2: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
    Both days from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

    $795.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses. *Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    Who Should Attend

    • Leaders and managers who wish to develop a more holistic understanding of the system in which they operate
    • Analysts and consultants who wish to bring greater rigor of analysis and professionalism to their work and their clients
    • Government officials seeking to better understand the interdependent factors that are shaping the future of their policy domains
  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Andreea Calic at calica@mcmaster.ca.