of an Organization
compare the model to a gene structure for organizations because, like the genes of
living material, the ‘elements’ in our model represent the characteristics
which determine what an organization is and how it behaves. The elements can be
separately identified, defined and understood. In fact, we define a total of 55
such elements, which can be analyzed and these are present in every organization
– they are its genes!
may appear to be very different, for example a supermarket and a school exist
for such different purposes that it may seem impossible to make use of
the same model to understand and analyze them. In fact, these two organizations
are made up of exactly the same basic elements identified by our model.
element is assessed using three 'issues' –
the element is composed of or how it is made up and how well it is
defined, understood and quantified.
– how it contributes to the organization (either positively or negatively) and
how it compares to a similar element in another organization.
– how the organization uses the element and what plans there are for
it for the future.
elements of the model, like genes, are always present in every organization. The
issues are concerned with the way the elements manifest themselves and how they
contribute to making the organization unique.
Elements are not exclusive - an individual could be an owner, manager and
customer. Similarly a situation could be both a risk and an opportunity.