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  •  Here is a link with diagrams (0+ / 0-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Scroll down a bit, limits to growth is the first one:

    "The unprecedented growth is produced by a reinforcing feedback process until the system reaches its peak. The halt of this growth is caused by limits inside or outside of the system. However, if the limits are not properly recognized; the former methods are continuously applied, but more and more aggressively. This results in the contrary of the desired state – a decrease of the system. The solution lies in the weakening or elimination of the cause of limitation."

    Put another way, in the words of H. Thomas Johnson, "With any natural living system an overemphasis of any single factor eventually becomes toxic." Campaigns are, of course, natural living systems.

    If this interests you check out Peter Senge's book "The Fifth Discipline". The Fifth Discipline is "systems thinking" and Senge focuses on modeling systems using causal diagrams so as to identify the often counter intuitive solution to problems.

    That will get you the theory. For a hands on cook book check out "System Concepts in Action" by Bob Williams.

    "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

    by paxpi on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 01:10:51 PM PDT

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    •  Aha (0+ / 0-)

      Actual science applied to management "science".  Guess I needed to get that MBA, never got around to that in undergrad B school. As an acct., I never bought into much of that stuff anyway.

      Maybe there is something to it. Thanks.

      "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

      by jkay on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 01:39:41 PM PDT

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