A systemic problem is a problem which is a consequence of issues inherent in the overall system, rather than due to a specific, individual, isolated factor. Contrast with pilot error, user error, or mistake.
A change to the structure, organization or policies in that system could alleviate the systemic problem. On an Ishikawa diagram (fishbone diagram) of cause-and-effect links, the source of the problem can be said to be a common cause, rather than a special cause.
- Systematic error
- Systemic bias – an unbalanced issue due to the system rather than to individuals
- Six Sigma
- Structural fix
- Emergent Properties – individual behavior of subsystems may not predict system behavior as a whole, leading to unforeseen systemic outcomes