How do you gain oversight and insight in the complex value and supply chains of your organization? In what areas can you intervene most effectively, where does the majority of your impact lie, and what partnerships can you pursue to make it happen? Both organizations as well as sectors stand to benefit from the use of ‘system maps’. These maps quickly give an entire overview of the whole situation, identifying major impacts, opportunities, and connections at a single glance. Once developed, they are powerful tools that reveal leverage points that maximize intervention effects at the lowest cost.
System maps can be used to investigate a wide range of topics, including energy and material flows, stakeholder relations, value and business models, and sustainability impacts on all levels. Maps require data research, and are subsequently visualized. The visualizations are powerful communication tools, and provide fertile ground for developing a strategy, yourself or together with stakeholders.
The advantages of system mapping
System maps allow you to see where the largest costs and impacts of your products and services are made. It gives you a strategic oversight of your entire operations at a glance, allows you to include stakeholders and make long term improvement plans. For industry partners they form the basis for smart strategies such as industrial symbiosis, cogeneration and supply chain optimization.
System maps allow you to find key strategic leverage, by yourself or with a group. Rather than wading through thick reports, one single image can provide the insight you need.
The system mapping process in a nutshell
1 - Integrated Analysis & Mapping
Data about your challenge is gathered and analyzed. Together with you we choose the right kind of systems analysis, and the right topics: material resources, people, knowledge, policies, time, value, or others. We pull these together in initial maps that start to show relations.
2 - Identify symbiotic solutions into roadmaps
In the second phase, use the maps to explore the opportunities, challenges, and possible symbiotic solutions to move forward. Here you can identify unseen opportunities, and explore maps further, by quantifying them, identifying low hanging fruit, and develop an understanding of the long term pathways.
3 - Develop the strategy
With this overview of possible solutions, develop strategies to move you organization towards long term resilience, and sustainability. This can include building internal and external partnerships, creating inspiring designs, and to devise practical, affordable, and innovative solutions.
System Mapping & Analysis services
We make route and system maps for any industry and sector, including manufacturing, service industries, urban development, logistics, agriculture, social, and medical industries. We use a wide variety of methods and tools to develop the right system map for the task at hand. Some examples:
- Supply & Value Chains
- Circular Economy
- Material Flows
- Organizational Alignment