3rd Lecture at ECNU: Systems and their Relevant Environments

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Cooperations
3rd Lecture at ECNU: Systems and their Relevant Environments

On the 25th of March, the first lecture this year by Robert A. Sedlák was held in Shanghai. It began with a group work based on the content of the last lecture (we reported on 11/25/2014). The students worked on the question: Please describe an organization in the sense of the Newer System Theory and […]

Overcome organizational blindness

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Concepts
Overcome organizational blindness

Organizations are operatively closed and cognitively open to their environment What are the implications for the management? Since an organization’s environment typically has a cumulatively higher complexity than can be displayed within its own organizational structure, organizations need to reduce complexity by selecting relevant environments, thereby allowing them to remain stable and active systems. It is […]

Recognize Trendsetting Developments at an Early Stage

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Future
Recognize Trendsetting Developments at an Early Stage

The organizational competence of self-renewal is an important competitive advantage for a company. For 15 years we have dealt with the question why organizations do not see what they do not see and how this so called organizational blindness can be overcome with a change of perspective.

Innovation – A Paradox between Creation and Destruction

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Future
Innovation – A Paradox between Creation and Destruction

Innovation is an important factor for success in our economy. Without it, the wheels would soon stop spinning. One thing is certain: There is a difference between searching for an oil field and maintaining one. Accounting for this difference opens up new possibilities. Richard Feyn, Physics Nobel Prize Winner wrote: “One of nature’s most fascinating attributes […]

Organizations do not see what they do not see!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Future
Organizations do not see what they do not see!

Many organizations and companies ask the question of how to proceed with strategic company development. In answering this question it must be said that all too often there are no new insights. Why is that? Organizations have so called “blind spots” and usually do not see what they do not see. It is for this […]

“YouTube is going to be a flop!“ – and other misjudgments

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Future
“YouTube is going to be a flop!“ – and other misjudgments

“YouTube is going to be a flop“, that’s what Steve Chen co-founder of the video portal believed, “there’s just not that many videos I want to watch.” How wrong he was with that statement is clear to us now, since meanwhile billions of people watch videos on YouTube every day. Our everyday life is swarmed […]

What does witchcraft have to do with leadership?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Concepts
What does witchcraft have to do with leadership?

According to Germanic beliefs a witch was a fence rider. She could make her way along the border being inside and outside at the same time. Witches were neither here nor there. Legends say they were questioning the existing paradigms. As a result, many of them were burnt for possessing unpopular information. Here, we can […]

Outside-Insight: Generating more variation

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Concepts
Outside-Insight: Generating more variation

The blindness of organizations is a phenomenon that the management has to deal with each and every day. An organization does not see what it does not see or – in other words – only plays the melody that it learned to play. Under stable circumstances this is not a problem – but what happens […]

The Law of Old Men – Foresighted Self-Renewal

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Concepts
The Law of Old Men – Foresighted Self-Renewal

According to the „law of old men”, top managers in their 50s make decisions that are in favour of their positions in the company, but may conflict the company’s future. Therefore, necessary change processes are argued away by the resistance from the colleagues. This is what is observed for years by Peter Noli, Professor of […]

Our Understanding of Organization Based on the Newer System Theory

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Newer System Theory
Our Understanding of Organization Based on the Newer System Theory

Our understanding of organization and the systemetic organizational consultancy connected to it, is based on the findings of the renowned social scientist and co-founder of the newer system theory, Mr. Niklas Luhmann. We grasp organizations as one very specific type of social system that has been brought forth during the past centuries of social evolution. […]