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< previous page page_94 next page > Page 94 System diagnosis (reflecting on the cybernetic principles that should be obeyed according to the VSM). Various tasks have to be undertaken in each part as described below. 5.5.2 System Identification As with any "unitary" methodology it is necessary initially to identify or determine the purpose(s) to be pursued. Taking the purpose as given, determine the relevant system for achieving the purpose. This is called the "system in focus". Remember that the purpose of a system is what it does and
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what the viable system does is done by System 1 (so it is System 1 that produces the "system in focus"). Specify the viable parts of the System 1 of the system in focus. Specify the viable system of which the system in focus is part (wider systems, environment, etc.). 5.5.3 System Diagnosis In general, draw upon cybernetic principles to carry out the following. Study the System 1 of the system in focus:
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- for each part of System 1 detail its environment,
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Unformatted text preview: operations and localised management;- study what constraints are imposed upon each part of System 1 by higher management;- ask how accountability is exercised for each part, and what indicators of performance are taken;- model System 1 according to the VSM diagram. Study the System 2 of the system in focus:- list possible sources of oscillation or conflict between the various parts of System 1 and their environments and identify the elements of the system (the various System 2 elements) that have a harmonising or damping effect;- ask how System 2 is perceived in the organisation (as threatening or as facilitating). Study the System 3 of the system in focus:- list the System 3 components of the system in focus;- ask how System 3 exercises authority;- ask how resource bargaining with the parts of System 1 is carried out;- determine who is responsible for the performance of the parts of System 1; &lt; previous page page_94 next page &gt;...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course MGT 03 taught by Professor Kasra during the Spring '11 term at Tanta University.

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