List of Archetypes LO6280

Shaun Tang (
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 15:49:04 +0000

Senge states (The Fifth Discipline, p.95) "Presently, researchers have
identified about a dozen systems archetypes,..." when introducing nine of

1. Balancing Process (with Delay);
2. Limits of Growth;
3. Shifting the Burden (to the Intervenor);
4. Eroding Goals;
5. Escalation;
6. Success to the Succesful;
7. Tragedy of the Commons;
8. Fixes that Fail; and
9. Growth and Underinvestment.

Are there any other generally known systems archetypes (such as
Reinforcing Circle) available to be added in order to complete the above
list? (Please provide reference books/ articles if possible.)

Your valuable inputs will be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Shaun TANG
Department of Business Systems
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3168

Fax: +61 3 99055159
Phone: +61 3 99055810


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