• The Open University (OU) has one of the strongest, internationally recognised groups in Systems Thinking in Practice dating from 1971.
  • ASTiP members have a record of significant scholarly achievement that is recognised nationally and internationally
  •  In our teaching we have done pioneering work in subject matter and pedagogical models, and also in the use of the internet for supporting open learning.
  • Our research encompasses not only conventional, publication-driven inquiry but also 'action research':  assisting people, whether in organisations or multi-organisational contexts, to engage with poorly-structured or controversial issues.  
  • In our research, scholarship, teaching and outreach endeavours, we work with a wide range of issues and settings including: environmental decision-making for sustainable development; evaluation;  international development; information systems management;  social learning ; systemic governance;  and organisational change in both public and private sectors.
  • Systems academics often contribute to more than one research community (reflecting the systemic nature of their research and scholarship) and to other networks operating at different scales
  • ASTiP academics collaborate nationally and internationally and are open to expanding and strengthening collaborative networks with individuals and groups concerned with the development and application of Systems thinking in practice.



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