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Module Reading List

Systems Thinking in Health Care, 2017/18
Carol Wilson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

BURGE, S. 2015. An Overview of the Hard Systems Methodology. Rugby: Burge Huges Walsh. Available from: http://www.burgehugheswalsh.co.uk/Uploaded/1/Documents/Hard-Systems-Methodology.pdf

CHECKLAND, P. and POULTER J. 2006. Learning for action: a short definitive account of soft systems methodology, and its use for practitioners, teachers and students . Chichester: Wiley.

COIERA, E. 2015. Guide to health informatics . 3rd ed. Boca Raton, Fl.: CRC Press, Chapter 3.

CRAMP, D. and CARSON, E. 2009. Systems thinking, complexity and managerial decision-making: an analytical review. Health services management research., 22: 71–80.

GREENWOOD, D.J. and LEVIN M. 2006. Introduction to action research: Social research for social change. [Online]. Thousand Oaks: Sage publications, pp 3-7. [Accessed 12 September 2016]. Available from:

MAYER, L. PLSEK, P. GARRETT, S. and BEVAN, H. 2010. Thinking differently. Coventry: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

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Other interesting reading

BEER, S. 1994. The brain of the firm . 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley.

BEYNON-DAVIES, P. 2010. Significance: exploring the nature of information, systems and technology . London: Palgrave Macmillan.

CASTELLANI, B. and HAFFERTY, F.W. 2009. Sociology and complexity science : a new field of inquiry. Springer Science and Business Media. Chapter 3. This describes an algorithm and toolkit for building models of social systems. It takes a much ‘harder’ approach than SSM, and is not specifically concerned with problem-solving or improvement.

CHECKLAND, P. 1999. Systems thinking, systems practice . Chichester: Wiley.

DE BONO, E. 2009. Lateral thinking: a textbook of creativity . London: Penguin.

SENGE, P. 2006. The fifth discipline: the art and practice of the learning organisation . London: Random House Business Books.

SWEENEY, L. 2010. The systems thinking playbook: exercises to stretch and build learning and systems thinking capabilities . Burlington: Chelsea Green Publishing.

A selection of additional journal papers will accompany this course.

This list was last updated on 19/09/2016