Group Development: Bringing Systems Thinking to the Task


Fall 2013 quarter

Taught by

systems theory variety of disciplines

Systems theory offers a holistic approach to group development, along with a framework for identifying leverage points for improving group performance. Whether for senior managers in large businesses or agencies or for members of volunteer community organizations, systems thinking provides a vantage point to better understand group dynamics and useful tools to develop a group's capacity to work together effectively. Following an introduction to systems theory, students will explore key concepts when applied to cases in their own experiences and in cases presented in class. Resources include Peter Senge, Margaret Wheatley, Otto Scharmer, Linda Booth Sweeney, Ron Heifetz, and others.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

management and leadership in business, non-profit, governmental and community organizations

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Weekend

Advertised schedule: 9a-5p Sat (Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 2, 23)


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:


Date Revision
August 29th, 2013 Last class date changed from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Fall)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 24


Course Reference Number

So - Sr (4 credits): 10270

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