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Systems methodology for strategic decision-making in complex healthcare system
Tadeja Jere Lazanski, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Systems methodology as a support for strategic decision- making will be discussed in the paper. A society will be presented as a complex system, which is comprised of many smaller, complex systems as its component parts. The healthcare system is one of them. The support to the strategic decision-making in a healthcare system will be shown through systems thinking and systems modelling. We will develop models of a healthcare system in frame of a systems dynamics; a qualitative causal loop diagram (CLD), which helps us to discuss the challenges categorically and a quantitative model, which is a simulation model. Both models illustrate the discussed methodology.
Keywords: systems methodology, healthcare system, strategic decision-making, systems thinking, modelling
Published: 09.10.2018; Views: 695; Downloads: 54
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Teaching ethics and critical thinking in contemporary schools
Bojan Borstner, Smiljana Gartner, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: Basic ethical questions, dilemmas and especially decisions do not only affect the life of an individual but can also affect lives of others. In some professional ethics, where decisions about a person's life or death are made, decisions can even be irreversible. In this contribution three ways of deciding by highlighting critical, and reflective decision-making or systematic thought process as the most effective method in ethics have been pointed out. Therefore, taking ethics as a critically reflective morality highlights the fact that we can talk about ethical exploration, so ethics is a process of thinking, not a set of established answers that need only to be passively accepted. It could be concluded that the study of and practice in, evaluating arguments and evidence (moral decision making) via critical thinking as well as using other important skills (raising questions according to Blooms taxonomy and doing a lot of case studies) is the best way to achieve the most fundamental goal in teaching an ethical course -- becoming a better person. And is therefore something that should be in every curriculum.
Keywords: authority, critical thinking, ethics, teaching ethics, decision making, intuitions
Published: 19.12.2017; Views: 389; Downloads: 58
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Critical thinking in education
Janez Bregant, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: The study argues for the claim that a correct argumentation, i.e. a non-fallacious or good reasoning, should be the essential part of the education process, which is not always the case. The bad argumentation makes human standards and interpersonal relationships worse, and leads to the growth of social conflicts and an instable society. If the legislature, executive and judiciary branches of power did not listen to good arguments, our lives would not be as good as they are since the state might pass bad, dangerous and unjust laws. A person trained in critical thinking starting in their youth would be able to tell a difference between good and bad arguments and recognize the fact that accepting the former and dropping the latter is the only way to avoid the above mentioned negative characteristics of a society. By teaching pupils how to employ the prescribed standards of a correct argumentation using everyday examples helps them to avoid adopting certain views on the ground of their popularity, affections produced in observers, their popularity etc., which are classic examples of logical fallacies. An early training in critical thinking could make obvious the fact that, a democracy consisting among other things also in a social, racial and gender equality, after all, does not mean that sometimes left arguments win and sometimes the right ones, and that there is no difference between them in the long run.
Keywords: arguments, critical thinking, deduction, induction, validity
Published: 15.12.2017; Views: 614; Downloads: 80
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Oblikovanje in razvoj vertikalnega vrta
Davorin Mesarič, 2017, master's thesis

Abstract: Področje, ki ga bo ta magistrska naloga pokrivala, je urbano vrtnarstvo. Za to je trenutno velik porast zanimanja, ki že silovito prehaja v trend, saj se ljudje bolj kot kadarkoli prej želijo zdravo prehranjevati. V tej nalogi bomo predstavili celoten razvojni proces in dizajnersko metodologijo Design Thinking.
Keywords: Oblikovanje, razvoj produkta, dizajn, raziskava trga, analiza kupca, design thinking, produktni dizajn
Published: 03.10.2017; Views: 926; Downloads: 264
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Organizational innovation in health care - as a process
Matjaž Mulej, Tatjana Mlakar, 2008, review article

Abstract: Slovenia, like most countries of the modern world, spends too much on its public health care and supplies too little public health care services for the government, economists, politicians, and citizens to be happy. The many reforms of the public health care, e.g. in Slovenia, seem to be inefficient, one after the other, in solving this problem. Reforms have been conceived with a too poor consideration of the law of the requisite holism in decision preparation, decisions making and decision implementation. The article tackles procedure of implementation of reforms as inventions are supposed to become innovations in the public health care organization and management, rather than reforms' content. Combination of the absorption capacity, innovation promotion and diffusion is suggested for the requisite holism of implementation.
Keywords: dialectical system, diffusion of novelties, government, innovation, the public health care, requisite holism, systems thinking
Published: 07.08.2017; Views: 612; Downloads: 67
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Management concepts transformation in Slovenia
Duško Uršič, Marjan Pivka, 2000, original scientific article

Abstract: In the last ten years Slovenia has been faced with a quite holistic transition of general social and organisation life. In our paper, first of all, we will emphasise the model of transition of management in Slovenia with presentation of field research results from our several years lasting research of management in Slovenia. The presented model of transition is based on the systems approach as our methodological version of systems thinking. This approach has been developed by our team since 1992 and it allowed research of way of thinking of managers about the transition of management concepts and effects of prevailed application projects, both at the same time and in interaction.
Keywords: Slovenia, transition, transition economics, management, organization, research, models, systems, company theory, system theory, thinking
Published: 04.07.2017; Views: 468; Downloads: 61
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Holistic thinking aproach
Andrej Lisec, Bojan Rosi, Zvonko Kavran, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: Modern complexity of management is associated with im- portant decision making, confronting a great number of useless information. Selection of information - the choice of only qual-ity ones, i. e. essential ones, is a big problem in management decision-making. Implementation of systemic approach i. e. dialectical-network thinking (DNT) can help to deal with it. The paper presents a holistic thinking approach in a case study for the Slovenian parcel postal problem. The volume of parcel flows at the Post of Slovenia between Posts is increasing rapidly and it requires a new design of the postal network. This paper presents a reorganization of parcel services between Postal Logistics Centers and Posts by adding Regional Parcel Centers and Parcel Posts to the network. A case for the area covered by Ljubljana Postal Logistics Center is given, which takes into consideration the sorting out and the retaining of parcels in the Posts, Parcel Posts and Regional Parcel Centers within their individual areas.
Keywords: systemic thinking, dialectical network thinking, management, logistics, postal services, postal delivery
Published: 02.06.2017; Views: 1144; Downloads: 78
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Competitiveness by requisitely holistic and innovative logistic management
Matjaž Knez, Bojan Rosi, Matjaž Mulej, Martin Lipičnik, 2010, review article

Abstract: In the age of global expansion of business operations and contemporary way of life the material and information flows in and between different companies are growing rapidly; they are thus becoming more and more difficult to manage. Had business functions in companies been dealt with separately until now (purchase, production, finances, sale, etc.), today the emphasis is placed on their integration due to their interdependence. By studying supply chains inside and between business partners, companies can gain competitive advantage and become more adjustable, taking the increasingly changing market circumstances into account. This enables them to meet consumers' demands and expectations requisitely holistically. Taking all the crucial activities into account, the logistics management plays a key role in the companies facing the challenges of the new millennium. Based on the numerous megatrends, which influence each and every business entity, this article aims to explain the increasing strategic importance of logistics management. The latter may not be dealt with one-sidedly as a cost; moreover, the key aspects such as competitiveness as well as long-term existence of a company must also be considered. Innovation and systemic thinking in it and about it are needed.
Keywords: logistics management, logistics strategy, supply chains, megatrends, innovation, systemic thinking
Published: 01.06.2017; Views: 617; Downloads: 269
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Exploring student attitudes to the refugee crisis
Kirsten Hempkin, 2016, original scientific article

Abstract: The issue of migrants and refugees has occupied Europe for the last few months. Much of the discourse surrounding this issue has been overwhelmingly negative, lapsing at times into stereotype, prejudice and even hate speech. As language teachers at a humanities faculty, we have a responsibility to address this issue in the classroom, especially as classroom experience tells us that our students are prone to stereotypical thinking. The article presents a series of song-based activities intended for use in language development classes for future teachers and translators at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor.
Keywords: migrants and refugees, negative discourse, stereotypical thinking, songs, intercultural awareness
Published: 16.05.2017; Views: 569; Downloads: 93
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Creative thinking and decision-making processes in EFL creative writing
Katja Težak, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: Creativity has been discussed, observed and researched for hundreds of years in the fields of psychology and philosophy - from the ancient notion of the inspired genius, all the way to modern psychologists trying to define creativity and prove its effects. Creativity has recently become a buzzword in EFL teaching practices. We try to stimulate creative thinking in the classroom, but possibly forget to observe the processes within it. The article discusses definitions of creativity and presents a qualitative study on the decision-making processes within EFL creative writing and its connections to students' language learning. The qualitative study was conducted with two 3rd-year bachelor English students who were asked to plan and write a short story in English while doing a think-aloud protocol. The data were transcribed and coded in order to observe emerging categories in the students' reasoning for plot and language use decisions.
Keywords: EFL, creative writing, creative thinking, decision making, language learning
Published: 16.05.2017; Views: 607; Downloads: 332
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