Related References

The references here are for anyone interested in the general fields of systems and design and some of the background literature for systemic design.

Also, see the list of published papers specifically related to SOD and SOD books and other publications.

Author mapping timeline. Manuela Aguirre.

This reference list of systems-related papers was started in 2009 and is updated occasionally. Please contact birger.sevaldson@aho.no with recommendations.

Literature review the SOD way. Manuela Aguirre.


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About Systems Oriented Design

About Systems Oriented Design

The main mission of SOD is to help designers to become better at dealing with very complex problems. Complex problems are described as problem fields, networks of problems, wicked problems and problematiques.

SOD is open source

SOD is open source

If your project corresponds to all or most of the core parameters, you are welcome to reference it as a SOD project.

The Mind Shifts of SOD

The Mind Shifts of SOD

We need to make several small shifts in our understanding to truly grasp systems thinking in general and to start to become systemic designers.