Agencies, Normative Personalities and the Viable Systems Model

Journal of Organisational transformation and Social Change, Volume 8 Number 1, 2011

34 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2014

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Modelling the organization to enable purposeful analysis and diagnosis of its ills is often problematic. Beer’s use of the Viable Systems Model (VSM) and its development as a methodology for analysis and diagnosis of organizational pathologies has been successful in exploring this, but viewing the organization as a personality provides additions control perspectives that are distinct from those identified by Beer. In this article the notion of normative personality is defined in terms of socio-cognitive processes operating through trait controls, and the resulting model is then related to the VSM.

Keywords: organizational modelling, pathologies, normative personality, Viable Systems Model

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice and Fink, Gerhard, Agencies, Normative Personalities and the Viable Systems Model (2011). Journal of Organisational transformation and Social Change, Volume 8 Number 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477693

Maurice Yolles (Contact Author)

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1, Building D1
Wien, 1020
Austria
+43/1/313364331 (Phone)

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