Intelligent Organizations: Powerful Models for Systemic Management Hardcover – 23 Dec 2008
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From the Back Cover
The systems approach in which this work is grounded enables the development of the new kind of intelligent organizations so urgently needed. Powerful models, based on organizational cybernetics and system dynamics, are presented in a way that lets the reader immediately apply them in practice. This book will be a rich source for improvement in any kind of organization, whether private or public, non-profit, large or small.
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Top Customer Reviews
The three main models in the book are the Model of Systemic Control (MSC), the Viable Systems Model (VSM) and the Team Syntegrity Model (TSM).
MSC is a very useful framework for organising a company's activities and for making trade-off's between the short term operative levels (liquidity and profitability), medium term strategic levels (extant and new value potentials) and long term normative levels (ethos, values). It makes apparent the pre-control thath igher levels of management excercise on lower levels and finally on the bottom line and allows for making much more informed decisions about the focus of further activities.
VSM (the original model by Stafford Beer can be found in Brain of the Firm (Classic Beer Series)) on the other hand examines the viability of an organisation and is very useful in determining whether the way a given firm is organised is adequate for its long term viability. The framework recommends a recursive organisation, which allows for greater robustness and viability and is very well suited for analysing how to ensure the organisation has the right structures and processes in place in order to improve its chances of long term survival.
The final element in the jigsaw is TSM, also based on work by Beer. The model demonstrates how knowledge can effectively be shared and transfered between large groups of individuals within an organisation.Read more ›