I need some assistance with these assignment. how systems thinking approach can be used to break down the success to successful archetype Thank you in advance for the help! An example of a system is an organism whereby it has many different organs but all of them are interrelated and must work together for the whole organism to live. If one part is removed, then the organism may not function normally. A System is triggered or influenced by outside forces but its response is a characteristic of itself hence it is not simple in the real world. Furthermore, it is the system itself that causes own behavior hence solutions must be found within the system itself. Systems do have structures that enable it to function and these are the ones that produce behavior. These structures are referred to as archetypes or system traps by meadows (2009, p. 6). She also refers to them as opportunities since they can be transformed to produce more desirable behavior. .
The ‘success to successful’ paradigm is a system trap or archetype involving circles of causality whereby limited resources are to be shared by two people or groups. In this case, competition for the resources is high and the winner or the most successful gets the largest share. In turn, he uses these resources to produce more and be more successful. The one who loses does not have resources to enable him to achieve his goals hence remains unsuccessful. This means that in the next round, the most successful (the one who got resources first round) is given more and the other is assumed to be underperforming since he does not achieve his objective hence is denied resources and the cycle continues (Meadows, 2009). This is why the rich get richer and the poor poorer. it is a self-fulfilling prophecy or “competitive exclusion” as Meadows calls it (2009, p. 3). The reinforcement feedback loop rewards the winners of a competition to win further competition resulting in the elimination of all competitors save for a few. This unhealthy competition is bound to interfere with the goals of the whole system unless the loop is broken.