San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
February 20 is the thirteenth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario.
Entrepreneurs typically start up small organizations where organic coordination amongst individuals becomes inadequate as the scale, scope and speed of the enterprise increase. The founders are used to having hands-on visibility to every operation in the business, but continuing success makes these ways of working unmanageable.
The Viable System Model can serve as a resource for entrepreneurs to help distinguish between the scopes and timelines of management decisions to be made. The balanced entrepreneur concentrates his or her efforts on the most essential parts of the business, and can exercise options to delegate or outsource work to other public or private entities.
An appreciation of the basic concepts of variety and channel capacity from the cybernetics literature can provide a framework foundation for organizing.
For perspectives on entrepreneurial balance applying the Viable System Model, see the suggested prereadings at http://wiki.st-on.org/2014-02-20 .
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David Ing is past-president (2011-2012) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He resides in Toronto.