Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Steve Morlidge and his book “A little illustrated book of Organization”
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Agenda (Systems, Viable Systems Model [VSM] and book intro session) 6-8 PM/EST (11 PM-1 AM London/UK):
Steve Morlidge will be present with us from London, UK on our 28th July Meetup session to introduce to you the book “A little illustrated book of Organization” and talk to us in detail about its purpose and what it has to offer.
• Cover his views on Systems Thinking [ST], Viable Systems Model [VSM] and other complexity ideas
• Intro his book to the group
• Q&A on questions raised and clarifications asked
• How the book club will be organized – dates and next steps
A little illustrated book of Organization
The book can be previewed at the link below where you can browse and read portions of the book to evaluate participating in the book club/review process mentioned below.
The book covers an extensive list of topics from VSM, ST, and Complexity science:
• Introduction to Organizations (What, why need, effective, types, challenges)
• Organizational Complexity (Internal/External, motivating people, Structures, System Models, learning from biology)
• Structure (Economies, Scaling complexity, Environment, Variety, exploiting scale, adapting organizations, Viability, People, Roles)
• Regulation (Information flow, Action, Feedback and Complexity, Order, Models, Regulation approaches, Mechanisms, Balance, Self-Organization, Data, Decision Making, Goals, Rules, Resource Allocation, Forecasting, Planning, Planning process, Strategy, Resilience)
• Design, Diagnosis, Origins (Growth, Pathologies, VSM)
The book is presented in a form where each topic is well-illustrated to cover knowledge in this vast-topic area, equivalent to reading a score of books in these topics.
Book club, book review session, and final closeout session with the author in September:
We will follow the introduction with a book club with participants who are willing to form a study group and meet weekly to discuss parts of the book. Participants will be provided a special link to buy the draft version of the book for a pre-intro price of USD$5 each. On purchase of the book and sign up for the book review program, we will meet every week after pre-reading a certain of the chapters to discuss what we have synthesized and also funnel back to Steve our ideas, questions, and feedback on his book. This will go on for 5-6 weeks (dates and times TBD) after which we will bring Steve back in September for a final Q&A meeting (timing TBD) to discuss the book review and provide him with feedback and for him to answer questions that we have on his work.
Steve Morlidge has 30 years of practical experience in designing and running performance management systems in Unilever, including three years leading a Beyond Budgeting initiative for the company. He has been associated with our network since its inception and is a former chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table. He now works as a management thinker, writer, and speaker, drawing on his years of experience at the leading edge of performance management thought and practice and is a member of the non-executive Core Team of the Beyond Budgeting Institute. Steve Morlidge published Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting, John Wiley, 2010, and ‘The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting’ published by Matador in 2017. He is on the editorial board of Foresight, a forecasting practitioner’s journal published by the International Institute of Forecasting to which he regularly contributes. He is also a co-founder of CatchBull, a supplier of forecasting performance management software for the Supply Chain. Steve Morlidge is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK, and has a Ph.D. from Hull Business School in Yorkshire, the UK on the application of systems concepts to the design of complex organizations. He completed his BA with honors and is a qualified management accountant (CIMA).