MANAGEMT 7115NA - Systems Thinking for Management

Ngee Ann Academy - Semester 1 - 2014

Today's complex problems and challenges can no longer be tackled with the narrowly-focused, unconnected thinking of the past. Leaders must make important decisions in complex environments in which finance, economics, people and nature are all highly interconnected. To make things even more challenging, complex problems also transcend the jurisdictions and capacities of different organisations, government departments or companies. The challenges are great, but before you decide that it has become too difficult to be a new era leader, all it requires is to open yourself to new ways of thinking and acting in the interest of our societys future. This course contributes to the development of new era leaders by equipping students with knowledge and skills in the art of systems design and interconnected thinking. It introduces concepts, theories, and cutting edge tools for understanding the multi-dimensional character of complex systems, how to identify leverage points for systemic interventions and how to develop strategic or master plans that will have long lasting effects. Group projects provide unique learning opportunities to gain firsthand experience integrating different areas of interest and learning throughout the MBA program, to develop effective solutions for managing the complex issues that face our organisations and our society.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MANAGEMT 7115NA
    Course Systems Thinking for Management
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Course Description Today's complex problems and challenges can no longer be tackled with the narrowly-focused, unconnected thinking of the past. Leaders must make important decisions in complex environments in which finance, economics, people and nature are all highly interconnected. To make things even more challenging, complex problems also transcend the jurisdictions and capacities of different organisations, government departments or companies.

    The challenges are great, but before you decide that it has become too difficult to be a new era leader, all it requires is to open yourself to new ways of thinking and acting in the interest of our societys future.

    This course contributes to the development of new era leaders by equipping students with knowledge and skills in the art of systems design and interconnected thinking. It introduces concepts, theories, and cutting edge tools for understanding the multi-dimensional character of complex systems, how to identify leverage points for systemic interventions and how to develop strategic or master plans that will have long lasting effects. Group projects provide unique learning opportunities to gain firsthand experience integrating different areas of interest and learning throughout the MBA program, to develop effective solutions for managing the complex issues that face our organisations and our society.
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    Course Timetable

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  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
    1. Understand that issues facing the world are complex and multi-dimensional, straddle many different factors and involve diverse multi-stakeholder systems;
    2. Understand the context in which the problems arise (culture, political systems, values) and how disciplines or areas of interest fit into the whole;
    3. Understand how different disciplines are interconnected and interdependent;
    4. Obtain skills to address the underlying root causes rather than the symptoms of a problem;
    5. Identify positive and negative feedback across components of a system;
    6. Obtain skills to address problems that appear to be intractable;
    7. Understand how the changing nature of the world impacts upon the way in which people and organisations make decisions;
    8. Identify key leverage points for systemic interventions and to interpret their managerial implications in diverse application areas; and
    9. Apply, through a real life project, concepts of systems thinking and some cutting edge tools in understanding and effectively managing complex problems in various areas and contexts.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,5 ,6 ,8, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2,4, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 3, 7
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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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