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Findings

Overall Use of Systems Thinking. 

We found a high average response rate--anywhere from 67% to 96% of the full population of respondents--having moderate to strong preference of every systems thinking practice measured.  Within the range of average response rates, there was a large distribution of percentages.  While more than half of all responses for each practice was strong to moderately strong, a closer look showed that there was a large distribution of percentages between the low of 67% and the high of 96%.Table 1 below lists each individual practice, along the average percentage of those who indicated ‘moderate to strong’ for that practice.  

Table I. may seem indicative of a high level acceptance of system thinking processes, but even within some of the higher percentages, a fair degree of variation does exist. This is why we were interested in further investigating whether the MBTI dimensions might explain some of this variation.

Systems Thinking Practices & MBTI Dimensions. 

We then turned our attention to assessing whether any of the four primary factors of the Myers-Briggs indicator were more highly or related with the level of preference for any of the 17 systems thinking practices. In order to do this we employed a simple analysis of variance in order to test whether one or the other of any of the four MBTI dimensions were statistically more identified with responses to any of the 17 practices. In short, we were interested in whether or not a higher level of preference for a given systems thinking practice existed for someone who was intuitive (N) versus someone who was sensing (S), etc. Our findings are contained in Table 2.

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