Peter Senge's keynote speech "Systems Thinking for a Better World" at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory "Being Better in the World of Systems" at Aalto University, 20 November 2014. The time of interdependence and ignorance Systems theory thinker Peter Senge gave a wonderful talk during his visit to Finland. You should watch…
Published on Dec 15, 2014
Peter Senge's keynote speech "Systems Thinking for a Better World" at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory "Being Better in the World of Systems" at Aalto University, 20 November 2014.
Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT. He is the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization. The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Senge one of the 24 people who has had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.
Published on Feb 7, 2013
In this time of energy transition, companies in the oil and gas sector need to understand their unique strategic capabilities and how to use them to gain a competitive edge. This involves not just planning over multiple time horizons, but also understanding the interplay of organizational dynamics and "systems thinking." Furthermore, in view of the generational change in leadership style — from a traditional, technical mindset to a more liberal business outlook — organizations must foster innovation beyond the oil and gas sector. Innovation should stem from a fundamental change in strategic thinking and should begin with the reform of our education system. Dr. Peter Senge, director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management, sat down with SBC's Pierre Bismuth and Opoku Danquah at Schlumberger-Doll Research Centre to shed light on this topic.
Published on Oct 10, 2013
In his keynote presentation to our Climate, Buildings and Behavior symposium last month, leading organizational thinker Peter Senge offers a distillation of his insights into the most important factors in achieving meaningful change for the environment or in any sphere of life. They include positive aspirations instead of negative admonitions ("the power of aspiration is much greater than the power of desperation"), the desire and vision to bring into being and develop something new (like building a cathedral, or raising a child) and networks of relationships with collaborators engaged in "collective, creative process." Whatever kind of personal or social change work you're engaged in, you'll take away actionable insights from this accessible and profound talk.
The "action science" strategy of organizational development was defined and vigorously advanced primarily by Dr. Chris Argyris (with important help from Donald Schon and others) over a period of more than 50 years.