Design for viable organizations The diagnostic power of the viable system model

Design for viable organizations The diagnostic power of the viable system model Purpose – This paper attempts to underpin the theoretical claim of the viable system model to specify the necessary and sufficient preconditions of organizations for viability. Design/methodology/approach – A number of case studies are explored. Findings – The evidence documented in the paper both corroborates the model's claim and provides evidence of its enormous diagnostic power. Originality/value – The cases documented here cover a wide range of applications, thus underlining the vast potential of the VSM. The case studies exemplify the unparalleled strength of the model as a conceptual framework for better organizational diagnosis and design, and can therefore be used for didactic purposes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kybernetes Emerald Publishing

Design for viable organizations The diagnostic power of the viable system model

Kybernetes, Volume 35 (7/8): 12 – Aug 1, 2006

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0368-492X
DOI
10.1108/03684920610675012
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper attempts to underpin the theoretical claim of the viable system model to specify the necessary and sufficient preconditions of organizations for viability. Design/methodology/approach – A number of case studies are explored. Findings – The evidence documented in the paper both corroborates the model's claim and provides evidence of its enormous diagnostic power. Originality/value – The cases documented here cover a wide range of applications, thus underlining the vast potential of the VSM. The case studies exemplify the unparalleled strength of the model as a conceptual framework for better organizational diagnosis and design, and can therefore be used for didactic purposes.

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KybernetesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2006

Keywords: Organizations; Cybernetics

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