Errors LO12251
29 Jan 97 09:05:06 +0100

Replying to LO12233 --

Excellent Point Andrew - the interesting question would be if anyone had
done any research on what type of problems, or even proportion, can be
dealt with using linear thinking (surely there must be some, or even many)
and what type of problems require systems thinking.

I would suggest that there are simple problems which we can approach from
a linear, mistake-proofing perspective, but I also acknowledge that there
are complex systemic problems where we are better looking for leverage
points in the complex system. The skill must be in recognising which are

Maybe it's the old parallel of when do we use Newtonian Physics and when
Quantum Physics, as we do use "wrong" Newtonian Physics for many practical

Thanks for the thought.

Malcolm Jones
Productivity Europe


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