Vadim Kotelnikov

Growing Value of Systems Thinking for Business

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo VadiK

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Shift of Emphasis from Linear Thinking to
Systems Thinking

The growing IT-powered interconnectedness of all business functions blurs the boundaries between departments.

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A striking example of this revolutionary change is the shift from functional linear innovation to cross-functional systemic innovation.

Another example is the shift from linear process management to enterprise-wide business process management (EBPM).


Shift from Linear to Systemic Innovation

Holistic Thinking

Barriers to Systems Thinking




This transformation, in turn, grows the need for cross-functional expertise and systems thinking skills of leaders, managers, and innovators alike.

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Business Roles that Require Systems Thinking Most





CEO, Business Architect, Strategist, Innovation Architect, IT Architect, Process Architect, Head of Growth, Transformational Leader all need to be highly skilled at and very effective in systems thinking today.

Business architect is a person who designs an innovative business model and builds a harmonious business system for a lasting success.

  Head of Growth systems thinking



IT architect leads and manages the process of acquiring, building, modifying and interfacing IT resources throughout the enterprise in a systemic way.

Enterprise-wide Business Process Management (EBPM) is a systemic and collaborative approach to managing all of a company's business processes.




Modern systemic approach to innovation calls for a holistic A-Z/360 cross-functional approach to value creation.


Innovation Process systems thinking



Total quality management (TQM) implementation requires cultural transformation and systemic transformational leadership.


Synergize EBPM, TQM and Six Sigma