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Leading changeA guide to whole systems working$
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Margaret Attwood

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.001.0001

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The emerging practice of whole systems development

The emerging practice of whole systems development

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(p.39) Three The emerging practice of whole systems development
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Leading change
Author(s):

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.003.0003

Through a case study of a courageous effort to deconstruct the old system of local government and challenge it with a structure based on resident self-governance through neighbourhood committees, this chapter illustrates the main principles and themes of whole systems development as they emerge from practice; shows that all whole systems development activities are a process of action learning; and develops a number of other themes and principles through the emerging story of Gladwell – working via ‘widening circles of inclusivity’ within multiple, overlapping systems, using action learning in the whole systems context, creating the space for leadership via ‘holding frameworks’ and ‘middle-ground frameworks’. The story that emerges is more an account of learning than a cause–effect change intervention.

Keywords:   local government, Gladwell, whole systems development, action learning, cause–effect change

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