Different ways of using the word ‘system’

  1. The everyday sense – when we refer to the ‘problem with the system’
  2. A ‘system of interest’ which is a product of a process of formulating or constructing by someone
  3. The academic area of study referred to as ‘Systems Thinking’ 🙂
  4. A Systems Approach – practice or thinking which encompasses both systemic and systematic thinking and action.

Not too often we see in the press the confusion between the terms systemic and systematic.  The latter refers to doing things in a step by step approach, within the reductionist paradigm, whereas the former refers to viewing things as part of a greater whole and taking a holistic approach.


About Ariana Yakas

I am an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. I am also a National Leader of Governance and a chair of a Multi Academy Trust of three primary schools in Manchester
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