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Title: Holistic and reductionist thinker : a comparison study based on individuals’ skillset and personality types
Authors: Nagahi, Morteza.
Jaradat, Raed M.
El Amrani, Safae.
Hamilton, Michael Andre, 1981-
Goerger, Simon R.
Keywords: Systems thinking skills
Systems thinking profile
Personality types
Complex systems
Publisher: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/ITL MP-21-7
Is Version Of: Nagahi, Morteza, Raed Jaradat, Safae El Amrani, Michael Hamilton, and Simon R. Goerger. "Holistic and reductionist thinker: a comparison study based on individuals' skillset and personality types." International Journal of System of Systems Engineering 10, no. 4 (2020): 337-366.
Abstract: As organizations operate in turbulent and complex environments, it has become a necessity to assess the systems thinking (ST) skills, personality types (PTs), and demographics of practitioners. In this study, we investigated the relationship between practitioners’ ST profile, their PTs profiles and demographic characteristics in the domain of complex system problems. The objective of this study is to address the current gap in the literature – lack of studies dedicated to predicting practitioners’ ST profile based on their PTs and demographics characteristics. A total of 258 practitioners with different demographics and PTs provided the data. The results show that (1) practitioners can be classified based on their ST skills scores into two clusters: holistic and reductionist (that is, ST profile), (2) each cluster has different PTs profiles and demographic characteristics, and (3) practitioner’s ST profile can be predicted, with good accuracy, based on their PTs profile and demographic characteristics.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/ITL MP-21-7
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 36 pages / 1.12 MB
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