Monday, March 7, 2011

Networking and Systems Theory

The break before resuming Gains in Serving the Pastors… might be extended as many were delighted about the presentation on networking. While recollection of past achievements has been therapeutic to me, I am inclined to respond to the interest of followers of this blog including those in facebook and email. My primary purpose in starting this blog was more personal - to challenge myself and consolidate my thoughts. It was a pastor friend’s advice to help my healing process, knowing how most of my time is spent at home due to limited mobility. The sudden interval brought about by illness had been devastating to me in first months. More so, that even an hour in the computer was an agonizing experience during those period. That was the time when I valued much even a mediocre accomplishment. Recently, I find fulfillment in succeeding to post daily for 6 days a week. Receiving feedbacks, and advice to view blog statistics made me realize, there are followers of the blog. Hence, a couple of posts on networking before resuming the gains…

Networking is an application of system theory. Lewis and Harris (1995) pointed out that networking can be analyzed through systems theories, i.e., as “additional systems within the individual’s environment that must be considered in assessment and intervention.” Much of the systems theory grew out of the business management literature. According to Cleland and King (1972), several factors have contributed to the development of the systems theory and the system analysis into a distinct field. These factors included new ways of viewing cost efficiency, new management techniques, and the era of the computer. Consequently, a new phenomenon has emerged in business management, i.e., systems analysts. Their work focuses on viewing “the relationships between divisions in companies or organizations in order to obtain the most efficient mechanism for communication, management, planning, and development.” This work includes designing and utilizing sophisticated computer programs with emphasis on data processing and analysis of relationship. The last aspect makes systems analysis useful to pastors, social workers, and other helping profession or development endeavors.

The key concepts of the systems theory are wholeness, relationship, and homeostasis. Wholeness implies that the product of interaction by the elements within the system is greater than the additive sums of the separate parts. The concept of relationship asserts the importance of the pattern and structure of elements in the system, equally important as the elements themselves. Homeostasis, which is the tendency of the physiological system of higher animals to maintain an environment of organized stability even when its natural function or condition has been disrupted, suggests that most living systems seek a balance to maintain and preserve the system.

The beauty of systems theory and its application in networking is represented by the rainbow. While there are only three primary colors (red, yellow, blue) there is a multiplication of colors when these link, interact, and overlap. I used this comparison in my reflection on the 25th anniversary of EDSA Revolution last month. Visit my other blog.

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