Applying Systems Thinking Approach to Enterprise Development
Authors Vincent Bukelani Zulu and Malibongwe Ndlozi
Affiliations: Maritime Manager at Moses Kotane Institute; Maritime Researcher at Moses Kotane Institute
Source: South African Journal of Maritime Education and Training, Volume 1 Issue 1, p. 29-40
In an increasingly complex, turbulent and rapidly changing environment, enterprise development actors have their hands full in designing and delivering effective enterprise development programmes. While enterprise development is a complex system, it also interacts with the education system and labour market systems, among other systems, thereby increasing the number of actors/agents within these systems, their interrelationships and their connectedness. To address this increased complexity, this paper argues for a systems thinking approach to enterprise development. The authors will discuss systems thinking concepts, the structure of enterprise development and their related systems. Three causal loop diagrams and systems thinking archetypes are used to discuss enterprise development.