A Viable System Model Perspective on Variant Management based on a Structural Complexity Management Approach | Maik Maurer et al (2014)

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A Viable System Model Perspective on Variant Management based on a Structural Complexity Management Approach

16TH INTERNATIONAL DEPENDENCY AND STRUCTURE MODELLING CONFERENCE, DSM 2014
PARIS, FRANCE, JULY 2 – 4, 2014
DSM 2014 1
A Viable System Model Perspective on
Variant Management based on a Structural Complexity Management Approach
Fatos Elezi1, David Resch1, Iris D. Tommelein2, Wolfgang Bauer1, Maik Maurer1, Udo Lindemann1
1 Institute of Product Development, Technische Universität München, Germany
2 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract: This paper explores the applicability of Structural Complexity Management (StCM) on organizational design
and diagnosis. As basic structural model for efficient management of organizations the Viable System Model (VSM) is
used. The VSM represents an alternative organization model based on Management Cybernetics (MC) theory that
describes the structure of all viable systems. Companies operating in dynamic environments strive for viability, therefore
incorporation of VSM into their structure is essential. However, VSM requires complex communication and control
structures that are not so intuitive at first sight. A methodology that supports the identification and analysis of these
structures is still missing, which is why the VSM has not gained wider popularity. This paper addresses a methodology
based on StCM that can prove to be beneficial for this purpose. The methodology is applied to an industry case study,
where first improvement suggestions based on the newly derived insights are shown.
Keywords: management cybernetics, viable system model, structural complexity management, Multiple-Domain Matrix,
variant management