This textbook examines three principal methods of applied systems thinking: systems failures, hard and soft systems methods. Other systems methodologies are described briefly. The book is written in an open learning style with activities, exercises and case studies with an emphasis on practice and technique. It is supported by numerous illustrations, in keeping with the diagramming techniques of systems work.
Dr Alan E. Waring is Head of Risk Management Consulting with Aqumen Services Ltd. and has over 20 years experience in risk management across industry in the UK, Europe, Middle East and elsewhere. He has written several books on systems thinking and risk issues including Practical Systems Thinking and Safety Management Systems, International Thomson Business Press, 1996.