problem analysis Prompt: Now that you have many more of the tools of systems thinking available to use in solving real-world problems, consider one of the problems in your problem catalog or find a new one in current events or from your life.
Note: You can choose a problem that you have worked with in an earlier module or you can choose a new problem. However, for this exercise, choose a problem different from the one you are analyzing for your final project
Apply the systems thinking process to it by stating the problem well, identifying and understanding the systems involved, describing how archetypes apply (if they do), and describing how leverage points might be used to impact the system and move toward solving the problem.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
Formulate a clear problem statement.
Characterize the system involved by creating a causal loop diagram or a stock and flow diagram (whichever you think is more illuminating) of the system producing the problem.
Apply all relevant archetypes and explain how they operate within the system.
Identify leverage points. Explain how they would be applied and describe the possible impact of each.
Guidelines for Submission:
Your problem analysis should be submitted as a 2 page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. If sources are used, they should be cited using APA style. Running head: PROBLEM CATALOG 1
PROBLEM CATALOG 2
Many businesses have been significantly impacted due to the economic slowdown in America.
System elements: Covid-19 pandemic, inadequate knowledge about the Covid-19 situation
Issues: Closure of business entities leading to increased unemployment rate and inadequate attainment of government taxes
Questions/ concerns: Will the pandemic ever end? Will they find a cure for the virus? Does the vaccine really work?
In America the healthcare system is very expensive
System element: Expensive insurance, expensive prescription drugs, Hospitals, doctors, and nurses all charge more in the United States than in other countries
Issues: Healthcare facilities focus more on a business perspective rather than the wellbeing of the patient. Insurance companies charge a lot for their covers (“Why is health care so expensive in the United States?,” 2016).
Questions/ concerns: How can U.S offer affordable health care to the citizens? How can policies be reformed to lower health care cost?
Racial discrimination is still practiced in the American society today.
Systems elements: Bullying, racial violence, sexual harassment, victim injuries and deaths.
Issues: Racial inequality is still portrayed in various levels of the society such as school, churches and workplaces (January-Bardill, 2017).
Questions/concerns: Do the anti-racial and discrimination policies influence racial equality? How can racial discrimination be addressed?
The climate is changing due to pollution and leading to global warming.
System elements: Air pollution, soil pollution, gas emission, deforestation, water pollution and waste disposal.
Issues: Industrial organizations do not follow and adhere to environmental policies on sustainability.
Questions/concerns: How can organizations dispose their waste more effectively? How can the government ensure that environmental policies are adhered to?
The social life has changed due to Covid-19.
System elements: Occurrence of the pandemic, social distancing, isolation, quarantine, limitation of public gatherings, country lockdowns and curfews.
Issues: People are not able to interact as before hence disturbing their social life as well as mental health.
Questions/concerns: When will social life go back to normal? How exactly can the social life be resumed without the fear of contracting the disease?
Gender inequality in the work place and society especially in women
System elements: Inequality policies, sexual harassments, unequal pay among men and women, discrimination on job opportunities.
Issues: The society tends to view women as inferiors to men and often relates them to home chores. If a man does house chores he is viewed as not being masculine (Adichie, 2015).
Questions/concerns: Why are women still not viewed as equals? How can the pay gap between men and women be reduced?
In America, the rate of child abuse has significantly increased.
System elements: Foster parents, substance use by parents, domestic violence, and bullying.
Issues: Child abuse has contributed to poor academic performance.
Questions/concerns: How can child abuse affect the mental functioning of the child? How can the local or federal government ensure that the cases of child abuse are reduced?
The rate of unemployment in the U.S has significantly increased leading to illegal activities.
System elements: Economic slowdown, retrenchment, unqualified citizens, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Issues: Unemployment tends to lead in a decline in the economy
Questions/concerns: How will more citizens be motivated to get an education and be qualified? How is employment rate linked to increased criminal activities?
Increased poor performance at the workplace
System elements: Lack of motivation, improper training, ineffective employee recognition, poor communication
Issues: Issues at the workplace tend to lead to poor performance of the employees
Questions/concerns: How can employees be motivated to perform better? How often should training be held in an organization? How can organizations show value to their employees?
Technology advancement threatens employee privacy
System elements: Online monitoring, hackers, and cameras
Issues: Organizations are forced to advance their technology ability to maintain both the privacy of the organizations and that of the employees.
Questions/concerns: Does the advancement of technology positively impact an organization? How secure is the personal information of the employees?
Adichie, C. N. (2015). We should all be feminists. Anchor.
January-Bardill, N. (2017). Racial discrimination and gender justice. Fifty Years of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. https://doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9781784993047.003.0004
Why is health care so expensive in the United States? (2016). Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 17(3), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1120/jacmp.v17i3.6426