Jul 23, 2020 in Exploratory

New Paradigm of Systems Thinking

Nowadays, the companies are searching for the new ways of organization of their workflow which would provide prosperity in the long-term perspective. The current work proposes one of such ways in the form of the new paradigm of systems thinking. Its majr components are precisely described and applied to the work of the IT organizations. The additional attention is paid to the leadership paradigm, communications paradigm and life’s flow paradigm. Their visualization provides their deeper understanding by the reader. The realization of the proposed paradigm in the real life would is directed on the effective work, delivery of the value-adding solutions, development of strategies which would strengthen the company’s performance and its position among the rivals and in the same time address the changeable personal needs of employees.


Systems Thinking

The current work will be focused on the description of the completely new paradigm of systems thinking that can be applied to the future IT companies. Systems thinking dynamics is the vital part of the successful development of any organization because it enables to meet the existing challenges, eliminate uncertainties and “establish clear performance indicators”. This can be reached through incorporation of the interacted mechanisms and interrelated individuals in pre-determined and consistent manner that will give the effect of synergy. 

The additional attention should be paid to the fact that the current work is directed on the addressing of the gap in the literature connected with the development and studying of the SPL model. This gap is reflected in the insufficient connection between the theoretical studies and the real world problems. That is why, the development of the new paradigm as started from the accurate identification of the issues and their major components, instead of building of groundless theories.

The New Paradigm Components

The proposed system thinking paradigm is based on such new components as roadblocks, bogging down, and prospecting. The first one refers to the baggage of the past activities that forms the barrier for the development of the new solutions. Modern IT companies make the significant emphasis on the addressing of the past problems. Moreover, often their development is formed on the background of the past experience of the companies from other spheres. Thus, they are not developing something new, they just solve the old problems and use the old schemes. Bogging down is the excessive focus on the performance of the day-to-day activities and insufficient efforts of the creation of the new value-adding solutions. This also leads to the company’s stagnation and slow-down of the further development. The prospecting is represented by focusing on long-term goals, development of the new solutions which would lighten the say-to-day operations, add value to the users and enable timely addressing of any challenges, and creation of innovations which would give the company edge over its competitors. This component is also closely connected the flexibility, as the future companies should be able to perform fast changes in their organizational performance for better meeting of users’ and companies’ needs.

The New Paradigm Description

The Leadership Paradigm

The leadership paradigm will represent the certain way of making decisions and leaders’ perceiving of the organizational problems. It “directly influences the implications of organizational structures” for aligning with the organizational mission and long-term goals. Thus, it should represent the central part of the new paradigm of system thinking for the future IT companies. The organizations should move from the orientation only on the past issues and day-to-day activities. It stands to reason that these activities can not be totally eliminated from the work of IT is serving as the means of performance of everyday activities and for serving of the past and current problems. However, leaders should make the major emphasis on the prospecting as it would enable to predict, address, and even prevent any issues, perform the timely changes that would add value to the users and improve the company’s position. They should form the work of their departments in such a manner that employees would be focused on the establishment of the new approaches for the simplification of the current tasks and creation of the abilities for the performance of the new ones.

The Communication Paradigm

One of the major elements of the work of any organization is the communication between its employees that enables sharing of the information, knowledge, experience, visions and ideas. It provides the understanding of what is happening inside the company at the current moment and what can happen in the future. Moreover, it enables to determine the users’ and employees’ attitudes towards the organizational performance and disclose the apparent and hidden failures. The additional emphasis should be made to the fact that in the modern world and in the nearest future the personal contact is widely replaced by the virtual interaction. This type of communication has such benefits as fast response to any problems in any location all over the world, elimination of the costs on transportation and logistics and time barriers, ability to use the talents, knowledge and experience of employees from different locations. Thus, it is assumed that the trend of virtual communication will be even growing in the nearest future. In the same time this trend is connected with the possibility of such issue as lack of conceptual understanding of the problems and conflicts and necessity to solve the problem distantly (i.e. without the actual presence) by using the non-traditional strategies. This can be effectively realized by the adaptation of the brainstorming strategy that provokes the creativity, and looking or reaching “original solutions that were not known before”. Brainstorming also would form the central [art of efficient prospecting in the IT companies. However, it should be noted that the new solutions and ideas should be supported by the already existing knowledge and experience of employees.

The Life’s Flow Paradigm

The additional attention should be paid to the human changeable nature reflected in their ability to adapt and amend their preferences, visions and desires. The future companies should take this into the consideration for the effective performance. They should track these changes and perform timely addressing through explanation to the employees and users that they can meet their current and future goals via working with the company and reaching its goals. The personal goals can be reviled by asking the open-ended questions which enable to determine of what is going on in their heads. This information can form the background for the further prospecting of the work of the company and the working tasks for its employees.

The Ethical Considerations

The ethical attitude between the employees and towards the clients is based on the moral rules and believes established inside the company. Thus, during the addressing of the past problems, performance of the day-to-day operations or prospecting the further activities the additional emphasis should be paid on high ethical standards. They should be reflected by all the employees irrespective their position inside the company during the communication, performance of their current work or creating of something new.

To summarize, the current work depicts the completely new paradigm of the systems thinking. One of its major benefits is that it is based on the real-life problems instead of ungrounded theory. The major components of the new paradigm are roadblocks, bogging down, and prospecting. They enable the effective addressing of the past problems, efficient performance of the day-to-day operations with making the significant emphasis on the innovations and creativity. The leaders should stipulate the development of the ew solutions which would simplify the work of the company, provide the new approaches to the current issues, enable to perform the new tasks, and in the same time cover the needs of employees and users. The communication should be based on the brainstorming strategies for the stipulation of the creative thinking. The company should revile, track and address the changeable human desires for using this information for building the further prospects of its performance.


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