BO213 Systems Thinking

Certificate Track: Strategic Organizational Management

An organization and its value chains are a system made up of interdependent parts that form a complex whole. To enhance organizational effectiveness and value creation, leaders need to understand these connections, and how actions in one part of an organization can affect other areas - intentionally and unintentionally.

In this course, students will learn the tools and vocabulary integral to a Systems Thinking approach, which can be used to gain insight into root causes of organizational challenges and generate effective organizational solutions over time.

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Upon completion of this course, students will have gained the knowledge to:
  • Understand the larger environment (organizations, value chains, community) in which organizational challenges arise
  • Utilize Systems Thinking vocabulary, tools, and templates to analyze the system and identify leverage points
  • Execute organizational change through the processes and structures that are integral to the system

Cost: $549

Instructor: Albrecht Enders

Albrecht Enders is a principal of endersgroup and is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. He has 23 years' experience in innovation leadership including work at Siemens and A-dec which resulted in the creation of market-defining product families. At Siemens Medical Solutions, Albrecht led innovation resulting in platform reinvention that allowed the medical division to regain its #1 market position in less than two years. At A-dec, Inc. as Vice President of Product Development, Albrecht implemented a development infrastructure that bridged the culture of a founder/entrepreneur to the future. His work at A-dec resulted in a new product line that has become the premier product line in the dental industry.

Instructor: Carolyn Niehaus
Carolyn NiehausCarolyn Niehaus is a consultant with MetaSkills Consulting Group, a Portland-based organization that supports leaders making transformational changes. Carolyn has an MBA and certificate in Computer Modeling in System Dynamics from Portland State University. Previously, Carolyn worked with Leverage Networks on the publication of the electronic periodical The New Systems Thinker and has incorporated systems thinking into the development of leadership and experiential education trainings.


 
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