Friday, April 24, 2009

The Framework for Organizational Fitness

I would like to invite you all to review and critique this linked > framework. It represents, at a high level, the outline that I will be evolving over the next few months. It is comprised of the three areas of concern within an organization, Environments, Lifecycles, and Fitness.

Here is a brief synopsis of these areas of concern:

Organizational Fitness can be measured and manipulated with respect to one of three core systems.
  • Learning systems, which I touched upon in my last post
  • Affiliation Systems
  • Economic Systems.
I will cover these systems in detail in later posts.

Environments contributes to Organizational Fitness by providing operational context. The overwhelming environmental factor that affects how to approach organizational fitness is its dynamics. As the dynamics of an environment change, perhaps due to lifecycle, the operational context changes, and fitness can change.

Lifecycles is often overlooked but should be considered as a primary force that shapes a solution. Gartner's hypecycle is an application of lifecycle to technologies. Different lifecycle stages constrain solutions differently. As something matures, the same problem may require different solutions - and different approaches.

More to come. Cheers.

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