Category Archives: Viable System Model

The Viable System Model as a Framework for Understanding Organizations

The Viable System Model (VSM) is not a new idea. Created by Stafford Beer over twenty years ago, it has been used extensively as a conceptual tool for understanding organizations, redesigning them (where appropriate) and supporting the management of change. Despite its successful application … Continue reading

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Autopoietic Viable System Model

This article considers the Viable System Model (VSM) from the viewpoint of autopoiesis. Looking at the lowest recursion level, a VSM prototype can be found; namely, people’s interactivities are the source of viability and produce the system. I call the … Continue reading

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Organizational Systems: Managing Complexity with the Viable System Model

Organizational Systems clarify the application of cybernetic ideas, particularly those of Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model, to organizational diagnosis and design. Readers learn to appreciate the relevance of seeing the systemic coherence of the world.  The book argues that many … Continue reading

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The Fractal Organization: Creating sustainable organizations with the Viable System Model

The world of management is in crisis – the old remedies no longer work and organizations are failing at an increasing rate. Although many talk of ‘joined up thinking’, few offer practical guidance on how to achieve this in organizations. … Continue reading

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Problematizing Problem-Solving Methods for Exploring the Management of Social Enterprises

A new form of strategic management is required for developing the social enterprise and appreciating the management of social enterprise from systemic perspectives. In this paper, we argue that participatory action research should focus on the process of problematization that … Continue reading

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The Viable Systems Model – a guide for social organizations

A manual for the diagnosis and design of organizational structures to enable social economy enterprises to function with increased efficiency without compromising democratic principles. Its objectives are: firstly, to provide you with a set of tools which will enable you to … Continue reading

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