Radical change, over short timescales, is needed in the electricity industry to meet consumer and environmental needs. Jane and Roger focus on how market, organization, and technology architectures can be developed using viable systems models and other systems techniques.
Managing high-complexity problems through methodical participation: experiences with the Participatory Innovation Model
Present-day societies are flooded with high-complexity or 'wicked' problems in cities, sustainability, justice, poverty, education and many other fields. They involve large numbers of inter-dependent actors, issues, disciplines and cultures. The usual means applied to face them lack capacity (i.e., requisite variety), because of their reductionism and authoritarianism, and often make things worse. The Participatory Innovation Model builds the re... Read more
Jon and Angela will be presenting their new book, published recently by the Imperial College Press, as part of their new book series in complexity. They will argue that most of the current methodologies and paradigms supporting sustainability programs have limitations there is an urgent need for the application of analytical tools that themselves embody the principles of complexity management. They introduce a theoretical framework based on compl... Read more
Peter is co-founder and Managing Director of Advanced Dynamics, an Australian company working with people to build capable organisations, helping both to realise their full potential. Drawing on leadership frameworks and systems approaches, application to leadership over 12 years at Advanced Dynamics, as well as 20 years in the mining and smelting industries in a wide range of roles. Peter will lead an interactive session on understanding the cre... Read more
There is one functional area in Beer’s VSM, transduction, which is not fully explored in his work. Essentially, this is the change in the nature of goods/services and information when they cross a boundary. Organisations manage their total variety by systemically managing all the inter-linked system parts. Typically, this involves many codes and conventions. An example would be ‘phase locking’ when it is used to provide a snapshot of the organi... Read more
Understanding organisations using ‘systems-thinking’ is well established, so what prevents us from turning the organisation into a ‘thinking-system’?
What do adaptive lean principles tell us about the way we need to design, build and operate modern businesses? Can we design organizations that are adaptive, innovative and engaging for employees and customers alike? Can we really change work climates in reasonably short time-frames? The organisational climate is the combined perceptions, feelings and behaviours of customers, staff, managers and leaders. Extensive research has proven the link b... Read more
Mesbah will address the approach he has taken and the issues he has considered in blending systems thinking with enterprise architecture in the context of upstream oil and gas independents. In particular, he will explain the conceptual and pragmatic challenges of integrating systems approaches that focus on inter-subjective and social communication (including the VSM and SSM) with enterprise architecture approaches based on formal semantics. Mes... Read more
Ferality is the bane of management. Ferality reduces agility, destroys customer service, increases business costs and compromises brand value. This unconsciously engineered sleeping partner within our business system, lying dormant for many years, has been awakened by the recent turmoil in our markets causing internal stresses that management have not been able to deal with. The speaker will argue that ferality emerged from the Taylorisation of ... Read more
Choice Dynamic International have created a unique approach to assuring the quality of caring and compassion CBAS, adaptable for use by staff in all health and social care settings. The overal aims of CBAS are :- to have confidence that staff are caring and compassionate in their practice to gather information which would inform action to enhance the experience of patients/service users to clarify and strengthen the accountability processes re... Read more
Viable organisations need to be ethically astute. In examining questions of equity - access to resources (who gets what?) – attention is often diverted from systemically related questions of power (who owns what?) and questions of knowledge (who does what?). Moreover these questions relate to important questions regarding legitimacy (who gets affected by what some people get?). Such ethical and political questions are not easy to grasp or work w... Read more