Systems Thinking and Team Performance Analysis

in International Sport Coaching Journal

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Sadjad SoltanzadehUniversity of Canberra

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Systems thinking has been developed and used in many fields such as management, economics, and engineering in the past few decades. Although implicit elements of systems thinking may be found in some coaching biographies and autobiographies, a critical and explicit work on systems thinking that examines its principles and its relevance to sport sciences and coaching is yet to be developed. The aim of this Insight paper is to explore systems thinking and its potential for modelling and analysing team performance by (a) explaining how systems thinking is used in other fields, (b) highlighting the importance of conceptual analysis and critical thinking next to data collecting practices, and (c) contrasting systems thinking with the common approaches to modelling and analysing team performance.

Sadjad Soltanzadeh is a philosopher of science and technology, affiliated with a few institutions including the University of Canberra, Australian National University, and Charles Sturt University. He also has a background in mechanical engineering and robotics. He has been collaborating with the Australian Institute of Sport since 2012.

Mitchell Mooney is a senior performance analyst at the Australian Institute of Sport. Obtaining his PhD in a professional Australian Football organisation, he has been working with elite sport including professional, Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport for more than seven years.

Address author correspondence to Sadjad Soltanzadeh at sadjad.s@googlemail.com.
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