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Strategic Systems Thinking: The Big Picture - ONLINE

Have you ever wished you could be more strategic or been told you need to be more strategic? The reality is that you can’t act strategically if you don’t think strategically. This four-week online course offer tools to help you to think more strategically. These tools are designed to help you see the big picture and deepen your understanding of how complex organizations function.
Facilitator: Dave Whittington
Strategic Systems Thinking: The Big Picture - ONLINE
Start Date:Jan 31, 2022
End Date:Feb 27, 2022
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$695.00 + GST
Instructor:Dave Whittington
Course code: PAWI016_Y2122W-01

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to strategic thinking
  • Getting comfortable with the inevitable uncertainty of strategic thinking
  • Bolman and Deal’s four frames
  • Polarity management
  • The Cynefin framework
  • Creative intelligence

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what constitutes strategic thinking and recognize its importance within organizations
  • Be comfortable with the inevitable paradox and uncertainty that accompanies strategic thinking
  • Know when and how to use three strategic thinking tools: Bolman and Deal’s four frames, polarity management and the Cynefin framework
  • Recognize the importance creativity plays in strategic thinking

Learner Effort:
3-5 hours per week

Synchronous Sessions:

While the majority of this course Is delivered asynchronously, there will be one 60-minute synchronous session held weekly. Date and time to be announced shortly.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link:

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Professional Certificate in Management & Leadership and the Professional Certificate in Management Skills for Environmental & Sustainability Professionals.