Applied Systems Thinking

Course Description

We are in a world where complexity and pace of change continue to increase. For decision makers in both business and engineering, there is growing need for holistic viewpoints and systems thinking in decision making and leading change. Effective development of enterprises, organizations and large engineered systems requires problem solving methods that emphasize relationships, interactions, causality and strategy. This course will introduce concepts and tools of applied systems thinking to introduce business and technical leaders to improved thinking, problem solving and decision making methods. Exercises and case studies are emphasized to form the basis of experiential learning.

Course ID: DEF 4523P
Course Format: Classroom

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15211 May 19, 2015 May 21, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
16063 May 24, 2016 May 26, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
17019 May 23, 2017 May 25, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
18260 May 22, 2018 May 24, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

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Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists and managers who wish to learn theoretical bases and practical applications of systems thinking for problem solving and decision making

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand concepts of systems thinking for organizational, business, and technical leadership.
  • Understand systems thinking tools and how to apply them.
  • Learn to think more holistically about problems and solutions.
  • Learn to categorize simple versus complex systems.
  • Understand and assess cause and effect relationships.
  • Learn to assess and plan long term strategies for systemic change.
  • Initial experiential learning opportunity for applying systems thinking disciplines.


  • Systems thinking theory

  • Tools for systems thinking

  • Planning methodologies

  • Systems dynamics

  • Root cause analysis

  • OODA loop



  • Notebook with lecture notes
  • CD-ROM of reference material

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tom McDermott