In today's world, people are increasingly faced with complex and systemic pressures, challenges and problems. It seems fair to claim that systems skills are becoming increasingly vital for the success and adaptability of almost everyone. Yet, the literature on tools to evaluate people's skills in thinking and acting successfully in systemic settings is very limited.
Here we present an inventory for measuring an individual's Systems Intelligence (SI). The inventory consists of eight factors that we consider to describe the most relevant skills related to SI. The SI inventory can serve as a useful tool in enabling people to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses in a way that serves the whole. The eight distinct factors provide different directions in which to develop one's systems skills, allowing one to focus on one beneficial skillset at a time.
A reference implementation of the SI inventory is available at http://salserver.org.aalto.fi/sitest/en/. The questionnaire provides feedback to the participant based on how he or she scores in the eight SI factors in relation to previous participants, noting in which SI factors he or she is in the highest and lowest percentiles.
The factors of the SI inventory can be described as follows:
Please quote and acknowledge this reference when using the inventory or when making your own implementation of it:
J. Törmänen, R.P. Hämäläinen, E. Saarinen (2016): Systems Intelligence Inventory, The Learning Organization, vol 24, issue 4,
manuscript version available directly
If you are interested in using the SI inventory in your work, we recommend you first read the introductory paper. You may also be interested in the book-length description of the dimensions of SI:
R.P. Hämäläinen, R. Jones, E. Saarinen (2014): Being Better Better, Aalto University Publication Series. Crossover 4/2014. Helsinki, Finland
You may use the SI inventory and the related materials for your personal use, academic research, and consulting, provided that the original article is referenced and acknowledged. Commercial distribution of the material is not allowed. All rights to the material remain with the authors, Juha Törmänen, Raimo P. Hämäläinen and Esa Saarinen.
You are free to create your own implementation of the SI inventory based on the information presented here. The example questionnaire form and formulas for calculating factor scores below should make application straightforward.
Note that analysis of the SI factor scores is best done relative to the answer population; by e.g. noting that the participant received a score higher than 75% of all participants in Attunement.
In case you use the SI inventory in your work, we would appreciate hearing about your results and findings.