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Systems Planning

Holistic conduct platform™ [Charter]

The art of efficiency™

Founder & trustee: A. Perdicoulis


Apropos Essence Objects Manner Coverage Masterplan Impact


Decked with SWOT analyses, balanced scorecards, and lengthy documents, mainstream planning boasts impressive metrics and power tools to support decision-making, policy-making, or strategy analysis. Nevertheless, few stakeholders and consultants have a confident grasp of ‘what is going on’ beneath the slick surface of statistics, indicators, and indices — but can they share that without pomp and buzzwords? The panorama is at least curious, if not alarming.

Storyline:  Situation  •  Breakthrough  •  Experience  •  Competence  •  Community  •  Knowledge  •  Commitment

Apropos · Orientation

In a Nutshell · A Novel Mindset

Haute Culture Systems Planning℠ is a curated cooperative quest for the art of efficiency™ with regard to human activities and constructs (e.g. plans, their preparation, and respective systems), materialising as a holistic conduct platform that prizes and promotes shared understanding as well as stakeholder competences. Associated activities and documents are of the highest standard, with relevance to research, education, and/ or praxis.

Facets:  In a Nutshell  •  Spirit  •  Élan  •  Investment  •  Exclusivity  •  Reliability  •  Founder/ Trustee

In a Nutshell
Development Divisions
Public Interfaces
Systems Planning Research Lab Planning Studio Systems School Blueprint Executive Perdicoulis Publishing

— the platform —

— innovation —

— praxis —

— education —

— executive —

— editorial —

Foundation & Development
Institutional Anchorage
Varvakios Model School University of Washington University of Salford UTAD CITTA Oxford Brookes University

Athens, GR

Seattle, WA, USA

Salford, UK

Vila Real, PT

Porto, PT

Oxford, UK

governance  Governance Folios
Cause Charter Objects Research Publishing Office
Brand Heritage Niche Operations Outreach Packs
Vision Competences Science Network Teaching Clubs
FAQ References Support

Essence · To reach

Systems Planning℠ is dedicated to efficiency in a holistic approach encapsulated as the art of efficiency™, epitomised by Haute Culture™, and put through its paces by Competitive Advantage™.

Cause — Efficiency
Quality Simplicity— straightforward and uncomplicated
Elegance— grace and style
Goodness— high standard/ quality
Competitive Advantage
Workings — Competitive Advantage™
Professional Perfection™ — understanding, intelligence, refinement
Personal/ Team Fulfilment™ — confidence, mastery, satisfaction, recognition
Organisational Advancement™ — streamlined structure, fluid function, tuned form
Haute Culture
Apogée — Haute Culture™
Integration — holistic mindset and subject-matter approach
Multi-dimensionality — broad-spectrum capacity
Maturity — intellectual sophistication
Holistic Efficiency
Simplicity Elegance Goodness

Objects · To study and master

Systems Planning℠ has three objects of interest — i.e. explicit and realistic mental models representing complementary viewpoints in planning problems, which make dynamic complexity easy to grasp — namely: the system, the process, and the plan (or policy, or strategy). The connection with reality is maintained through case studies.

original undertakings
Concept— a set of interacting elements, forming a whole
Examples— a city, state, enterprise, or ‘situation’
Diagrams— ‘element-relationship’ (e.g. RBP, HBS)
Concept— a sequence of actions and states
Examples— an operation, project, or ‘activity’
Diagrams— ‘action-state’ (e.g. CPD, EPD, PPD)
Concept— a justified proposal for action
Examples— a plan, policy, strategy, or ‘action’ or ‘measure’
Diagrams— ‘concern-intent-action-outcome’ (e.g. DCD)
Professional Fields
organisation field operation field design field

— system —

— process —

— plan —

Manner · Work refinement

The unique brand of Systems Planning℠ is largely shaped by innovation, so much in its preparation as in its applications. All of this is done by staying close to people — e.g. their interests, aspirations, will, and reasoning.

SF2 Vision
Structure— ‘how things are put together’
Function— ‘how things work’
Form— ‘how things look like’
Content— coordinated set of disclosed-reasoning methods
Examples— Decision Model Analysis™, Efficiency Assessment™
Suitability— ‘high-level’ planning tasks/ methods
Content— coordinated set of disclosed-reasoning techniques
Examples— Reverse Blueprints™, Extended Process Diagrams™
Suitability— ‘low-level’ planning tasks/ techniques
Distinctive Marks/ Character
visual argument big understanding sound exchange

Visual Argument™
— vs. cumbersome texts —

Big Understanding™
— vs. big data —

Sound Exchange™
— vs. face-value blunders —

Coverage · Fields and professionals

Systems Planning℠ is methodologically oriented and brings premium value to stakeholders in a variety of professional fields. Screening safeguards appropriate conditions for quality work.

Planning methodology — scholarly profile
Planning analysis and development — practitioner profile
Domain and dynamics — R&D, education, publishing
Professional Fields
Organisation — e.g. governance/ administration
Operation — e.g. plan/ project management
Design — e.g. sectoral/ strategic planning
youthful minds
Stakeholders — Youthful Minds™
Academics — e.g. researchers, educators, students
Practitioners — e.g. executives, entrepreneurs, consultants
Community — e.g. associations, professions, individuals
Interactivity Modes
association extension involvement

— specialists —

— wider community —

— new talent —

Masterplan · How and why it works

Making markedly different choices than the mainstream alternatives, Systems Planning℠ has a straightforward masterplan to deliver on its cause — i.e. efficiency. The full masterplan constitutes a vital map for making a difference, which naturally introduces the issue of reliability — part of quality assurance.

Activity perspective: Masterplan structure and function


Activity perspective:  Activities  •  Dynamics  •  Workings  •  Stance  •  Curiosity  •  Programme  •  Undertakings  •  Alternatives  •  SIG  •  Community  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Thematic perspective:  Expertise  •  Practice  •  Cause  •  Missions  •  Activism  •  Subjects  •  Lectures  •  Workshops  •  Pro Utilities™  •  Clubs
Spatial perspective:  Development and anchorage  •  Academic visits and fellowships  •  Outreach Seminars℠

Reliability Standing

Solid Foundation
Solid Foundation™
Concern Good science and engineering
Guidance Carefully researched and diligently crafted methods and techniques,
observing quality praxis in science and engineering
Human Sensitivity
Human Sensitivity™
Concern Sophisticated stakeholders and professionals
Guidance Empowerment of people
through the development of a holistic mindset in a broad cultural context
Literary Finesse
Literary Finesse™
Concern Advanced communication and understanding
Guidance Uncompromising visualisation and understanding of dynamic content
through expository writing and rigorous diagramming
Practical Applications
Practical Applications™
Concern Advanced problem-solving and decision-making
Guidance Formal problem-solving with multiple stakeholders
through articulate, disclosed, and examinable reasoning
Poised Distinction
Poised Distinction™
Concern Quality work over popularity
Guidance Mature presence alongside the mainstream alternatives,
guided by ‘doing a good job’ rather than seeking popularity
Reference: Charter technical folio

Quality:  Comprehensive Provisions  •  Reliability Standing  •  Competitive Advantage™  •  Operating Principles  •  R&D Style  •  Editorial Style  •  Teaching Style

Impact · Making a difference

Systems Planning℠ is making a difference in advancing the state of the world — popularly referred to as ‘impact’ or ‘influence’ — by being appropriately different. The ‘way it works’ is laid out in the masterplan, while references to the more visible elements — i.e. effort and outcomes — can be found in the track record.



Despite their infiltration into academic practice and their consequent popularity, metrics (e.g. bibliometrics, scientometrics, or even ‘performance’ and ‘productivity’) reduce science, knowledge, and the associated human effort to objects of measurement and calculation, so they are dissociated from Systems Planning℠ as demeaning, distracting, and discouraging.

Reference: Charter technical folio

Notes:  Metrics  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Editions  •  Software  •  Screening  •  Alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Academic advice  •  Activism  •  Sources