Holistic Management: Managing What Matters for Company by William F. Christopher

By William F. Christopher

This publication provides lately constructed wisdom components which may considerably increase the administration and the functionality of industrial company: approach technological know-how and Cybernetics and Key functionality parts. integrated during this publication are complex (and evolving) tools and applied sciences for making plans and budgeting, developing and protecting shoppers, caliber and productiveness, innovation, bettering association potential, sustainability within the company's social and ecological environments, and profitability-all built-in with this new achievable platforms version and method pondering.

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Each can be modeled with the VSM. 6. 6 shows a VSM model of a corporation that has its operations organized into 4 business groups. The figure then shows the first level of recursion, showing the model for corporate group 3, which we see is comprised of 5 companies. For the entire corporation, there will be a total of four VSMs at this level of recursion, a model for each of the Groups. Each of these, of course, will show the number of companies in each of them. Going to the second level of recursion using group 3, Company 2 as an example, we see that company 2 has four profit center businesses.

Publication 1 2 FROM SYSTEM SCIENCE fast. This new world of challenge and change presents both threats, and opportunities. For the timid change is frightening; for the satisfied change is threatening; for the confident change is opportunity. For the wise, their guide for the times ahead will be system science, cybernetics, and a viable system model (VSM) for organization structure and management. For the turbulent times ahead, the VSM with its system science and cybernetics gives us a new and different view of our company and how it works, and gives us new management principles that greatly improve company performance.

The responsibility is on-going. Design the system. The VSM is a most useful model for understanding the company as a viable, very complex, purposeful, probabilistic system. Using the model and its system science and cybernetics described in this chapter changes and simplifies the job of top management. Instead of running the company, the job of top management is to continuously design the company to run itself to achieve desired performance. OVERVIEW: THE ESSENCE OF CHAPTER 1 Chapter 1 describes a number of key concepts from system science essential for effective management in turbulent times.

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