Title

Situating a Measure of Systems Thinking in a Landscape of Psychological Constructs

Abstract

Many of the greatest challenges in society have emerged as a result of humans acting within complex systems without fully understanding how they work. To address this problem, scholars from diverse fields have appealed to systems thinking. To date, a psychological perspective has been conspicuously absent from scholarship on this topic—a gap that the present paper seeks to fill by situating an individual difference measure of systems thinking in relation to well-studied constructs (e.g. holistic and relational thinking) and decision-making tasks in the psychological literature. Results indicate that the measure of systems thinking captures peoples' tendency to represent and reason about complex systems. The paper helps to validate a novel measure of an individual's tendency to engage in systems thinking and to provide a conceptual foundation for the thinking about the psychological underpinning of a systems thinking mindset. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publisher

Wiley

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Department

Psychology

Additional Department

Environmental Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1002/sres.2388

Notes

Record for C. Frantz. Additional record for P. Thibodeau: https://digitalcommons.oberlin.edu/faculty_schol/2071/

Keywords

Systems thinking, Reasoning, Analogy, Mindset, Personality

Language

English

Format

text

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