universal management system

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Javier Livas introduces the Viable System Model in simple language. Many more videos on his youtube channel. The VSM is a very helpful theory for diagnosing and designing organisations.

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making work systems better

link to one of the best books I have come across in a long time – and it’s free! Luc Hoebeke’s Making Work Systems Better. Luc brings together the work of Checkland, Beer and Jaques – three people  whom I admire a lot. Their work have had a profound impact on my understanding of the workings of organisations. Luckily for me Luc is terribly bright and his synthesis provides great insight into the practical application of the work of these three great authors.