Systems Thinking - A Chinese Perspective

1.5-day course: 28-29 November 2019

28 Nov: 9.00am - 5.00pm

29 Nov: 9.00am - 12.00pm



Seeing is believing?

How will your view affect decision-making and impact your life in the long run?

What are the challenges when reductionism meets with complexity? And how can we deal with it?

This course, Systems Thinking — A Chinese Perspective, will guide you through the historical development of systems thinking and bring you its latest theory and techniques developed by Chinese scholars.
You will gain a deeper understanding of how the world works and be equipped with a powerful set of newly developed problem-solving tools and techniques. With proper practice, these tools will greatly enhance your basic learning capability and help you excel in our complex and dynamic society.
Learning Outcome
Participants should be able to:
- Describe reductionism
- Appreciate latest development in systems thinking
- Understand modern methods in systems approach
- Know the how-to applications
- Articulate steps to improve a system
- Understand an old chinese philosophy: system worldview
- Understand the Chinese ways of thinking and doing
Who Should Attend ?
- Senior management and mid-level management responsible for business continuity and growth
- Professional who are keen to explore business opportunities in China
Course Outline
Day 1 (9am- 5pm)
- What is reality? Beautiful lady or old woman?
- Reductionism as the foundation of modern scientific method
- A complex world?
- Systems thinking: its history and latest development
- An old Chinese philosophy: a world of system
- Two modern techniques: a system approach
  * Boundary Method
  * Process Method
- Case study
  * Systemic view to China and Chinese
  * Systemic view to Singapore and Singaporean
Day 2 (9am - 12pm)
- Three foundation applications:
  * How to think? 
  * How to express? 
  * How to act?
- A concise version: Five questions to a system
- Exercise
  * Systemic analysis to a government?
  * Systemic analysis to an organisation?
  * Systemic analysis to an individual?
- Others: trade war?
- Summary and takeaway
- Appendix: Five steps to improve a system
About the Speaker

Thomas Gao has near 20 years of working experience in Fortune 500 companies and near 10 years of experience in consulting. He has worked in machinery, electronics and semiconductor industries in Singapore and China, and served in various roles from production engineer, production manager, quality manager, statistician, industrial engineering manager, engineering director, Master Black Belt, as well as a management consultant. Thomas is known for his expertise in continuous improvement and operational excellence and his interest evolves from traditional IE to Lean Six Sigma, from DMAIC to DFSS, and from strategic planning to overall business effectiveness.

Thomas is a trainer, consultant, and coach to executives and corporation clients. His aim is to influence at least 10,000 business owners by helping their business achieve sustainable growth.






Mr Thomas Gao
28-29 November 2019
National University of Singapore, Faculty of Engineering, Blk E2, Level 3 (TBC)
Course Cancelled
Course Fee
Standard Fee: SGD $1000
Special Fee: SGD $950

*Fees indicated are inclusive of GST.

*Fees include course materials, morning tea break, lunch and afternoon tea break (for 28 Nov), and morning tea-break (for 29 Nov).

*The Special Rate applies to group registration of minimum 5 people, TDSI Alumni and lecturers.

* The course date is subject to change. Please check TDSI website for programme updates. 

* Participants who fully complete the 1.5-day course may qualify for PDUs by the PEB.