By José Pérez Ríos (auth.)
How can agencies and their managers face the great complexity of the present atmosphere? How can their compliance with the necessities of sustainability be evaluated? and the way can new firms be dependent to make sure their viability? This publication addresses those questions in a really useful manner, primarily combining platforms conception with cybernetics to assist managers to judge and form corporations via making available the wealth of information contained in those fields. Importantly, it additionally presents directions for its functional application.
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The latter is not limited merely to transmitting information, for it must also process it. Each operational unit has its auditing mechanisms which generate information relating to synergy for the set of units comprising System 1. 251e/A /En Fig. 26 Relation of S3 with each unit of S1 In short, the purpose of System 3* is to ensure that the information between System 1 and System 3 is complete. ), work studies (industrial engineering), operations research, surveys and special studies, etc. When analysing System 3’s degree of development, we must also look at practices such as checks carried out by the operational management in person (“management by walking around”) or informal information gathering techniques, apart from the various available auditing procedures to which we have already referred.
Came a few seconds or, worse still, minutes or hours later. Obviously, a human being would not be viable in such an environment. Similarly with organisations, it is easy to imagine the effects if the information supplied cannot be used in real time. Depending on the type of decision, the consequences for the organisation may be quite negative, if not lethal. When we consider the Viable System Model and its information requirements, we will have occasion to highlight this model usefulness as a conceptual reference framework for designing and managing organisational information systems.
In the central part we can see the same three components (amoeba, circle, rectangle) but separated for a better visualisation of their inter-relations. On the right side the same three elements are included but with the content of each shown. In fact, in the VSM representation of any organisation we will always find the three basic components: Environment, Organisation (also called “Operations” or System) and “Management” (also known as Metasystem) of the organisation. 3 The Viable System Model (VSM) 25 Fig.