Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Systems Thinking is Topic of Next Lectureship

KINGSVILLE - July 13, 2010

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

King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management hosts program Aug. 9-13

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the Seventh Annual John Armstrong Lectureship on Systems Thinking Monday through Friday, Aug. 9-13, at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center adjacent to campus on Corral Street. The cost of registration is $500 and those interested may sign up until the first day of the lectureship.

Michael Goodman, internationally recognized speaker, author and practitioner in the fields of systems thinking, organizational learning and leadership, will be the keynote speaker. This lectureship qualifies toward credit in the Texas AgFinance Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management.

Systems thinking is a language for learning and action that helps one understand more deeply how organizations and complex systems really operate. This lectureship will provide the tools, processes and principles that enable focus on the relationship among the parts, not just the parts themselves.

Students in the lectureship will learn to recognize the often hidden and unintended consequences of one’s actions; change thinking to match the way complex systems operate; change behavior so that one works with these complex forces instead of against them; expand the choices available and focus on high leverage changes; see trends and structure and create explanations for why things happen; apply system archetypes to one’s situation; identify mental models and their role in structure; and plan and evaluate actions to improve system performance.

About Michael Goodman

Goodman’s 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 that has made it more accessible to business leaders.

He draws on over 30 years of experience to create a curriculum, leads courses and training in the arena of organizational learning and change and helps clients apply systems approaches to their critical business and organizational issues.

Goodman received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering and management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his thesis advisor was Jay W. Forrester, founder of the Systems Dynamics.


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