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Besides purchasing the equipment and training the product support staff to use it, the economically oriented consultants offered training in listening skills and new methods for defusing the emotion of frustrated customers. As expected, responding to customers’ needs took a little less time following the development program. However, increasing sales volume meant that the customer support staff had to respond to an ever-increasing number of callers. They began hurrying each caller along. Rising customer complaints about the lack of response to their software problems prompted the vice president of sales to question the consultants about the effectiveness of their performance improvement effort.
Fifth, systems have boundaries. That is, it is possible to set lines of demarcation to determine the elements included in a system of interest as well as those that are excluded. Finally, complex systems are open systems. That is, they are permeable so that forces in their environments, or contexts, will affect what goes on within the systems. In turn, open systems influence their contexts as they exchange energy, materials, and/or information with their environments. 4). Systems thinking demands that analysts understand the powerful inﬂuences that driving forces in the environment have on the organization as a system and the challenges and opportunities these driving forces present to decision makers throughout the organization.
Performance improvement can only be manifested through outputs, and change in outputs can only be assessed through some form of measurement. Thus, performance can be systematically operationalized in any organization when we set out to demonstrated whether or not it has improved. The Systems View . . Again Most performance improvement professionals have accepted the view of organizations as complex, open systems. Assuming that the challenge is to design and create high-performing organizations, all the parts and subsystems need to work together to achieve the purpose of the whole organization.