Posts Tagged ‘VSM’

Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)
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Lappeenranta University of Technology
electrical engineering department
Arseniy Krasikov
The Viable System Model in the analysis of the project management
Master’s thesis
53 pages, 14 figures, 1 table and 1 appendix
Examiners: Professor Pertti Selvintoinen
Professor Tuomo K¨assi
Keywords: cybernetics, systems theory, the VSM, Viable System Model, project management, complex systems analysis

The paper is made to understand modern (especially cybernetic) methods of complex systems analysis and management, to explain scientific basis of the Viable System Model, to compare theoretical model with developed project management system in Company.

Tags: cybernetics, management, project management, Viable System Model, VSM

by Christos Dodis, Konstantinos Kitis, Demetrios Panagiotakopoulos

This paper is concerned with the organization and the operational viability of Solid Waste Management Authorities (SWMA). The frequently changing performance requirements, the continuous search for alternative technological, financial and institutional options, the unstable market of recyclables, the variations in waste characteristics, and the need for public-private partnerships are only some of the factors that shape and drastically affect the operating environment of a SWMA. Consequently, for any such Authority (be it a small
municipal department or a huge organization serving a megapolis), there is an emerging need for:

Tags: Case study, cybernetics, Environment, management, VSM, Waste management


Architecture as system

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Management Cybernetics, Software - general

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Architecture as system

Enterprise-architecture, service-architecture and the Viable System Model

Tom Graves : Tetradian Consulting
January 2007

– enterprise architects, service architects, operations
strategists, process analysts, IT-systems analysts
• Objective
– increase business take-up of enterprise architecture
– demonstrate tools to review service-architecture
• Agenda
– extend enterprise-architecture beyond IT-systems
– extend service-architecture across all service types
– use ‘systems-theory’ tools to improve services
– business benefits of extended architecture


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Tags: design, Enterprise architecture, Software architecture, Viable System Model, VSM

1Badillo, I., 2Tejeida, R., 3Morales, O.
1,2,3 Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México.

The Viable System Model (VSM) is recursive and helps explaining the general production management model of the ERP system. The recursion level explains the development
starting from warehouse management to Material Requirement Planning (MRP), to Manufactory Requirement Planning (MRPII), to Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), and
to Supply Chain Management (SCM).
In each recursion level, the emergent concepts helps explaining the discovery of the two categories of demand: independent demand and dependent demand, the feedback concept
helps explaining the closed cycles in ERP, the local, future and total environment concept helps explaining the interactions between the market and the Production System and the
Law of requisite variety helps to manage complexity.

Tags: Business, ERP, management, MRP, planning, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM

Address to the 2nd Cwarel Isaf Institute Conference

Allenna Leonard, Ph.D.

So, the first tool I’d pack if I had the chance to outfit Obama’s expedition – or those of his counterparts in Europe– or elsewhere – would be the Viable System Model, along with the conceptual apparatus that underpins it and the information handling tools that accompany it. This was what was available to Project Cybersyn. This is what just might make the difference between struggling through tough times and collapse. <article>

Tags: crisis, VSM

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Teaching the Viable Systems Model to people without an organizational setting to frame the exercise can be challenging. It is not easy to introduce new ideas and terms in the abstract and help people gain facility in their application without examples. Case studies are helpful here but there is another alternative… <article>

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Tags: model, teaching, VSM

A Bayesian Approach to Short-Term Forecasting, P. J. Harrison and C. F. Stevens, Operational Research Quarterly (1970-1977), Vol. 22, No. 4 (Dec., 1971), pp. 341-362 (article consists of 22 pages); Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf of the Operational Research Society available through JSTOR: Stable URL:


A new approach to short-term forecasting is described, based on Bayesian principles. The performance of conventional systems is often upset by the occurrence of changes in trend and slope, or transients. In this approach events of this nature are modelled explicitly, and successive data points are used to calculate the posterior probabilities of such events at each instant of time. The system produces not only single-figure forecasts but distributions of trend and slope values which are relevant to subsequent decisions based on forecasts.

Tags: Bayesian Analysis, cybernetics, cybersyn, Operations research, Statistics, VSM


Cybernetics Landmarks – a Travellers Guide

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series Cybernetics - A Start Here Guide

being an updated version of the…

Cybernetics – start here guide

by dsoul on Thu 12 Jan 2006 08:49 PM PST  |

[dhcs: May 28, 2010 | please note: this piece was originally put in place for a predecessor weblog ( as “Cybernetics – start here guide” and the original  page was still  under construction at the time that this new website was started…. in this new incarnation it is still,  unfortunately,  essentially a collection of “signposts”  rather than a travel guide, however annotations will be added over time to turn it into (a)  a true guide to the field and then onwards towards (b) the foundation of a “learning machine”The original concept of  the ‘start here guide’ will be replaced by a series of new posts on this site over the next several weeks]

Tags: autopoiesis, BAM, Business intelligence, CEP, Complex Event Processing, cybernetic, cybernetics, error, freedom, intelligence, management, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM


Viable Systems – A Reading List

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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In “The Heart of Enterprise,” one of the classics in the field of management cybernetics, Stafford Beer includes a select bibiography for the Viable System while explaining that a supportive reading list, in a form for which a consensus of cyberneticans could be found, just wasn’t possible.  With this said he went on to construct what looks like a map, but is truly meant as model of a reading list (although as he freely admits, the map remains more artistic in nature than conforming to a scientific statement).

Tags: cybernetics, model, Stafford Beer, systems thinking, VSM


Breadcrumbs for November 13th through 23:00

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

These are my links for November 13th from 22:43 to 23:00:

  • Personal VSM – If one wishes to change the world, one must first change oneself. This was one of Heinz von Foerster’s profound teachings and one that has great applicability today as it seems that many aspects of our lives threaten to spiral out of control. Here in Ontario, which is one of the more tranquil areas on earth, we have had continuing security fall-out from the World Trade Center attack, the Walkerton water system’s e-coli contamination, SARS, a computer leasing scandal in city government and the electricity black-out in August. All appeared to be catastrophes or anomalies but, upon examination, all have been found to be events that we could have, and should have, been better prepared to meet. All the subsequent examinations exposed failures to see the whole picture and to respond with requisite variety when the first sign of trouble appeared.

Tags: change, control, experience, ignorance, predictions, science, teaching, thinking, VSM