Monthly Archives: December 2014

Paramedics under pressure: A case study for systems thinking

Learning systems thinking is best done by doing. Case studies are useful ways to understand some basic principles, and I find that it can be useful to use case studies from other sectors, especially with a mixed audience. Cases that … Continue reading

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The whole picture

During my teenage years, I was primarily interested in the arts, not the sciences. I was fascinated by design and language, and how these related to human behaviour and business. I grew up and worked in a wholesale, retail and … Continue reading

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‘Human error’: Still undefined after all these years

Despite the pervasive and controversial nature of the notion of ‘human error’ in academia, industry and society more generally, there is still – after several decades of research – little agreement on what ‘human error’ means. Tom Singleton (1973) stated that, on attempting … Continue reading

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