The Role of System Theory in Scenario Planning

by Thomas Chermack


This paper describes system theory as one of several potential foundational theories in scenario planning. Further, this paper intends to clarify hints of the importance of system theory in scenario planning literature through a more detailed and comprehensive examination of how these two concepts may be linked. A discussion of how core system theory concepts are prevalent in scenario planning is provided after detailed descriptions of each. Based on the review presented, it seems that system theory may provide a foundational theory that could serve as a philosophical frame for scenario planning practice.


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