The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop

Koichi Takahashi, Takashi Maeno

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Abstract

SWOT analysis is a tool for current situational analysis on organizational activities. It was developed as a framework to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of internal environment as well as opportunities and threats of external environment. Each quadrant in the framework explains its corresponding factors. On the other hand, the TOWS Matrix is developed as a tool for developing alternative strategies based on current situational analysis. The characteristic of the TOWS matrix is developing strategies that matches external environment according to the cross-tabulation table called Interaction matrix. Previous studies on both tools show that they have something in common, that is, with regards to the subject, they sort out factors in its corresponding quadrant and spot the problem present with the permutation analysis method. Also, with the TOWS matrix, alternative strategies are developed based on current situational analysis. The Causal SWOT analysis is a workshop technique that aims to share the perception about the present state and makes use of the concept of Causal loop and Leverage Point in Systems Thinking. In The Causal SWOT analysis, internal variables related to subject and cause-and-effect-relationship of external variables is tied together with an arrow. The arrows showing the cause-and-effect relationship between variables are saved for the decision making process. While viewing the causal relation chart that has many arrows, participants discover independent variable that has multiple dependent variables. According to the leverage point specified, verification is done with regards to holding the workshop a few times so as to convince participants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011
Pages978-993
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011 - Hull, United Kingdom
Duration: 2011 Jul 172011 Jul 22

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Other55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityHull
Period11/7/1711/7/22

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Keywords

  • Being convinced
  • Situational analysis
  • Systems Thinking
  • Workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Takahashi, K., & Maeno, T. (2011). The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop. In 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011 (pp. 978-993)

The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop. / Takahashi, Koichi; Maeno, Takashi.

55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011. 2011. p. 978-993.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Takahashi, K & Maeno, T 2011, The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop. in 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011. pp. 978-993, 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011, Hull, United Kingdom, 11/7/17.
Takahashi K, Maeno T. The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop. In 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011. 2011. p. 978-993
Takahashi, Koichi ; Maeno, Takashi. / The causal swot analysis using systems thinking as a tool for situational analysis workshop. 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2011. 2011. pp. 978-993
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