Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Lectureship Tackles Systems Thinking for Ranchers

KINGSVILLE - August 03, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M  University-Kingsville will host the Fifth Annual John Armstrong Lectureship on Systems Thinking Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14, at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center on Corral Street.

This is a course on systems dynamics and thinking as applied to wildlife, range and ranch management. Participants will explore many innovative tools. It will be taught by Mike R. Goodman, principal at Innovation Associates Organizational Learning.

 Participants will learn to recognize the often hidden and unintended consequences of actions; change thinking to match the way complex systems operate; change behavior to work with complex forces not against them; expand choices and focus on high leverage changes; see trends and structure to create explanations for why things happen; apply system archetypes; identify mental models and their role in structure; and plan and evaluate actions to improve system performance.

The deadline to register for the lectureship is Friday, Aug. 7, and the cost for the week is $500. This course qualifies as credit toward the Texas AgFinance Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management. Students enrolled in the master’s degree program may enroll in RAMT 5351 for three semester credit hours and attend the lectureship at no cost.

For more information on the lectureship, call the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at 361-593-5401.

About Michael R. Goodman

Goodman is an internationally recognized speaker, author and practitioner in the fields of systems thinking, organizational learning and leadership. His main focus is transferring the learning disciplines into organizations to sustain their capacity for learning and change. He also has helped create many of the innovations in the field of systems thinking, making it more accessible to business leaders.

He draws on over 30 years of expertise to create curriculum, leads courses and training in the arena of organizational learning and change and helps clients apply systems approaches to their business and organizational issues. Goodman has published widely, authoring one of the first textbooks in the field, Study Notes in Systems Dynamics and serving as the primary contributor to the systems thinking chapter in the acclaimed Fifth Discipline Fieldbook. He has contributed numerous articles to The Dance of Change and Schools that Learn. He also led the development of a web-based systems thinking course entitled Systems Thinking: A Language for Learning and Action.

Goodman is a charter member of the Systems Dynamics Society and is a member of the Advisory Board of Pegasus Communications, creators of the Systems Thinker newsletter.

He is the principal at Innovation Associates Organizational Learning. He previously served as associate director and head of the systems thinking practice at Innovations Associates. Goodman also was an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley College.

Goodman received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his master’s, also in mechanical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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