Systems Thinkers (Ramage & Shipp, 2020)

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Systems Thinkers

2020, by Magnus Ramage and Karen Shipp

The biographies of 30 systems thinkers and short excerpts of their work. Link

The Systems Thinkers

Part I Early Cybernetics

  1. Gregory Bateson
  2. Norbert Wiener
  3. Warren McCulloch
  4. Margaret Mead
  5. W. Ross Ashby

Part II General Systems Theory

  1. Ludwig von Bertalanffy
  2. Kenneth Boulding
  3. Geoffrey Vickers
  4. Howard Odum

Part III System Dynamics

  1. Jay Forrester
  2. Donella Meadows
  3. Peter Senge

Part IV Soft and Critical Systems

  1. C. West Churchman
  2. Russell Ackoff
  3. Peter Checkland
  4. Werner Ulrich
  5. Michael Jackson

Part V Later Cybernetics

  1. Heinz von Foerster
  2. Stafford Beer
  3. Humberto Maturana
  4. Niklas Luhmann
  5. Paul Watzlawick

Part VI Complexity Theory

  1. Ilya Prigogine
  2. Stuart Kauffman
  3. James Lovelock

Part VII Learning Systems

  1. Kurt Lewin
  2. Eric Trist
  3. Chris Argyris
  4. Donald Schön
  5. Mary Catherine Bateson