“Over the last half century, Systems Theory has spread across disciplines, from psychology to engineering. By the 1980s and ’90s management science began to apply Systems Theory broadly. Application of this theory rests on the assumption that most individuals strive to do good work, but that they are acted upon by diverse influences, and that functional and efficient systems not only account for, but also embrace, these influences. Causal Analysis based on Systems Theory asserts that when errors occur, one ought not focus solely on individual failings, but on the surroundings that allowed such events to transpire. It further asserts that outcomes can be influenced by smart interventions, developed after studying common patterns and behaviors across time.”
Dr. Brett Anderson on Improving Healthcare by Embracing Systems Theory.
Anderson, B. (2016). Improving healthcare by embracing systems theory. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 152(2). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4947551/