This paper discusses the problems with traditionally managed hierarchies and observes that networking among units is becoming more prevalent. Given the . interdependence inherent in fully networked organizations, systems thinking is introduced as a useful tool for understanding and managing change. Health Occupations Educators can use systems thinking skills to help students comprehend (a) how and why systems interrelate to help patients, (b) how to build and maintain relationships, (c) how to synthesize information across content areas, and (d) how to learn.



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