Working Whole Systems offers a radical way of thinking about organisations as living systems. It provides practical methods for engaging with complex social and organisational issues that are applicable to any group wanting a new way to work. The book draws directly on the authors' experience in health agencies, housing, transport, local government, police and voluntary agencies. This second edition contains new research on the criminal justice system, services for children and young people and services for people with mental health problems. Leaders, managers and human resources professionals in all organisations will find the approach of this book fundamental to the way their systems function. It also offers vital information for policy makers and shapers.
Working whole systems - a brief summary. Metaphors - whole system approach using the metaphor of a living system to understand organisations. Principles - the principles of the whole system. Story - an example of what it is like to work from a whole system perspective. Transferability - examples of how the whole system has wide applicability. Partnership - ways of thinking about the purpose of partnership. Questions - commonly asked questions about the whole system approach.