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Leading changeA guide to whole systems working$
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Margaret Attwood

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344496

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.001.0001

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How do we put these fine words into action? An overview of whole systems development

How do we put these fine words into action? An overview of whole systems development

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Leading change
Author(s):

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.003.0002

Whole systems development is a set of propositions, tools, and practices that aims to engage all the people in the system in designing and implementing change. Sustainable change, in contrast to that which is temporary and superficial, is only brought about by involving all those who are part of the problem in creating and implementing the solutions. This chapter outlines the practice of whole systems development at the three levels of philosophy, operating principles, and processes; emphasises the importance of a pragmatic approach to change, action, and learning; develops some principles for the whole systems way of working; and explains how these are underpinned by five working processes, termed the Five Keys of whole systems development.

Keywords:   whole systems development, sustainable change, pragmatic approach, Five Keys, philosophy

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