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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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Why do we need whole systems change?

Why do we need whole systems change?

(p.1) One Why do we need whole systems change?
Leading change

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Policy Press

Whole systems approaches start from rethinking organisational change issues; how people act in relation to them, and, crucially, how they involve themselves and others in their diagnosis and treatment. Whole systems working is not another fad or series of buzz words, but is above all concerned with implementation, and with seeking to reconcile these dilemmas in practice. This chapter explores the failure of programmatic change; identifies the imperative for implementation of sustainable change, rather than mere intervention to ‘fix’ problems; examines alternative streams of activity and thinking that can create a ‘different beat’ in efforts to handle intractable problems; and shares the emerging thinking about the reconciliation of four linked dilemmas integral to whole systems working which must be confronted in achieving changes in public policy and service delivery.

Keywords:   programmatic change, public policy, service delivery, sustainable change, whole systems

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