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
Date Written: 2011
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
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