Theory and Implementation
In this chapter we discuss the design of OPM structures for organizations from a systems theory perspective. We start by providing an overview of systems thinking, and then focus on Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM) and how it relates to the layers of the OPM model. This is followed by some guidance and examples of the specific questions to ask when designing the characteristics of each of the OPM layers individually, and the OPM system as a whole. The chapter will help anyone trying to design a governance structure for OPM in an organization.
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