Systems thinking [is] a way of thinking about, and a language for describing and understanding, the forces and interrelationships that shape the behavior of systems. This discipline helps us to see how to change systems more effectively, and to act more in tune with the natural processes of the natural and economic world.
As the systems are growing larger and larger, the management of those systems is getting complex. The complexities that we encounter in managing are : Dynamic Complexity and Detail Complexity. Detail complexity take advantages of human abilities and works well conventional management approaches. Whereas Dynamic complexity works well with system management approaches but require unfamiliar forms of reasoning.It involves feedback, delays and dilemmas. Humans are not good at managing this type of complexities.
Before going to the feedback, it is also important to understand the link polarities.
There are two types of feedback loops :- 1.Reinforcing feedback 2.Balancing feedback
- Reinforcing Feedback : amplifies changes. The following loop amplifies changes because more number of births per year will lead to an increase in the population and hence it amplifies changes. Also called as positive feedback loops
2. Balancing Feedback : resists changes.Also called as negative feedback loops.