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Viable Project Business

A Bionic Management System for Large Enterprises

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This book develops best practices for collaboration between teams within large organizations, and demonstrates how an optimal environment for teamwork can improve business processes. To do so, it analyzes the system dynamics of living organisms and applies the results to the business environment.

The book employs a consistent approach, applying recent advances in molecular biology to the structure and design of large industrial organizations. These insights from molecular biology are used to define the requirements for a practicable business management system based on the ISO 9000 criteria. The outcome is a viable and feasible system that can be used to design large organizations, e.g. by manufacturers of industrial equipment. In addition, four case studies are used to show how such a biologically inspired system can be implemented to positively and significantly impact business.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter
1. Introduction
Abstract
Many large plant manufacturers face severe challenges for the future. The markets do not grow like in the 80s and 90s and new competitors want to get their share of the market. The competition is getting harder, which leads to a high pressure on quality, cost and duration.
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2. State of the Art
Abstract
In this section we want to review the current literature to understand whether system dynamics of life can help to improve the learning in project business.
We will start this review with learning in projects and project organizations, before we focus on the learning organization in general. The learning organization has been proposed by Peter Senge and is based on a thinking in systems.
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3. Methodical Approach
Abstract
The basic idea is to identify patterns in the structure of biological organisms that can be translated and utilized by organizations in project business (Figure 3-1).
At the end of the translation process we expect some rules or principles of living systems. For an implementation this is not sufficient. The results of the translation have to be connected with wellestablished processes and methods like project management, agile development or lean management methods.
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4. Viability
Abstract
This section describes the basics for our translation from biology to business. These basics are necessary for the translation of single-cellular organisms to Viable Teams in Chapter 5 and multi cellular organisms to Large Viable Organizations in Chapter 6.
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5. Simple Viable Systems
Abstract
After the detailed discussion about form and functions we are prepared to translate the system dynamics of eukaryotic cells to requirements for Viable Teams. Viable Teams are the building blocks for Large Viable Organizations, like cells are the building blocks of multicellular organisms.
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6. Multilevel Viable Systems
Abstract
Small one-team organizations need to implement many mechanisms to have sustained growth and to be able to adapt to a changing environment.
Large organizations have the same goals and challenges as small ones. The main difference is that all necessary processes are distributed over many teams. All these teams have to work together internally and with their neighbor teams to reach the overall goal and to react to challenges.
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7. Viable Business
Abstract
Here we want to design the Viable Business Management System (VBMS). It is a very abstract description of a management system, which can be used by many organizations. It is neither focused on a specific organizational size, nor on a specific business type like project business.
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8. Viable Project Business
Abstract
The CEO and the top management team start the first Viable Team. Their goal is to make the entire organization sustainably successful. For this purpose, they use the Functional Overview Diagram to discuss how to create best working conditions for each process.
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9. Case Studies
Abstract
An experiment requires control of the situation. In complex social situations this is typically not given. Survey and Archival Analysis are quantitative methods that depend on comparable data and statistical techniques.
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10. Summary and Outlook
Abstract
This work introduced a new perspective on organizations by providing a systematic translation from biology to business.
The translation of autopoiesis in this work is different from other translations. It is based on the current knowledge of biology and it is focused on organizations rather than social systems in general.
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Backmatter
Metadata
Title
Viable Project Business
Author
Clemens Dachs
Copyright Year
2021
Electronic ISBN
978-3-030-62904-5
Print ISBN
978-3-030-62903-8
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-62904-5

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