Systemic Management Innovations

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Systemic Management Innovations (SMIs) include management knowledge, methods, and tools that apply systems theory to recast how one or more aspects of strategic management are understood and practiced.

Unlike conventional management knowledge, methods and tools, SMIs are designed for the reality that organizations function within complex systems and either implicitly respect or explicitly align with science- and ethics-based thresholds (the limits of ecological systems and minimum requirements for maintaining human well-being). 


While significant research contributions have been historically made by many who have applied the lens of system theory to propose how management should evolve, there is a lack of guidance available to support leaders applying this knowledge in practice.  SMIs respond to this gap between theory and practice by delivering the insights, approaches and techniques leaders need to confidently adapt strategic management practices. In essence, SMIs are designed to enable organizations to function in more integrative, collective and adaptive ways.


      • Applies systems theory to recast how strategic management is understood and practiced
      • Doesn’t conflict with science- or ethics-based planetary boundaries or social foundations
      • Contributes to the development of more integrative, collective and adaptive practices

Flourishing Enterprise Institute

Viessman Centre for Enagagement
and Research in Sustainability
evolv1, University of Waterloo
20 Wes Graham Way
Waterloo, ON N2L 0A7
Strategic Innovation Lab
OCAD University

Toronto, ON

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