Dimensioning business organizations 2018-07-06T17:07:52+00:00

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  • Peter NorlindhPeter Norlindh
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    Hi,

    Do you have suggestions on how to structure and dimension business organizations? How do you achieve good system performance without overloading the individual agents?

    Peter

    Joss ColchesterJoss Colchester
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    Well, I think a lot of people are asking that sort of question about organization design and what is possible other than the traditional hierarchy now that we have these new tools of information technology that enable networked organizations. I believe the most appropriate organizational design for networked organizations is that of the platform, here’s a paper I wrote about it http://complexitylabs.io/platform-enterprise-book/

    SimplexitySimplexity
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    Hi Peter,

    Have you heard of the Viable System Model – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viable_system_model?

    Let me know if this is not what you are looking for.

    Peter NorlindhPeter Norlindh
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    Thanks, Joss.

    That was a very good and inspiring read! I’m still processing it, but it already has transformed my thinking a bit. When it comes to organization of staff and managing the workload, I’m thinking along the lines of nourishing the network and facilitating the process of self-organization. And the Innovation stuff applies to, if you think in terms of innovating the workings of the organization itself.

    Excellent resource!

    Peter NorlindhPeter Norlindh
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    Thanks, Simplexity!

    That was definitely in the right direction. The inspiration to my question came from AI research, and deep neural networks specifically. I fantasised that there might be some ratios or general shapes of organization networks that cultivate emergent properties particularly well. VSM certainly appears related to this notion.

    Perhaps the most practical way to dimension the system is to ensure that self-organization can take place in a good and healthy way. Make sure that all organs are formed and then allow adaptation, while weeding out any tumors that may appear.

    Knowing your “Why?”, as Sinek puts it, is probably an essential element in all of this. Allowing adaptation, while pushing and evolving towards one consistent greater goal.

    SimplexitySimplexity
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    Ok, if VSM is something that can help you, take a look at this maturity model which attempts to “measure” maturity in 4 levels and 7 scale – http://scio.org.uk/organisational-maturity-model

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