The Viability of Organizations Vol. 3

Designing and Changing Organizations

  • Wolfgang Lassl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Building the Bridge

  3. Designing Organizational (Chart) Structures

  4. Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Wolfgang Lassl
      Pages 303-319
    3. Wolfgang Lassl
      Pages 321-340
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 341-349

About this book


The design process for organizational structures sometimes resembles a random walk, especially when it is embedded in an arena of competing personal interests and power games. Many organizations still lack clear guidance and are therefore seeking a rigorous, nuanced, and impartial methodology for the design and development of their organizational structures, processes and behavioral repertoire. The Viable System Model (VSM) can help: by identifying the essential design principles and parameters that need to be considered, and which can be used to enhance an organization’s effectiveness, adaptability, cohesion and overall viability.

This book, the third volume in a set of three, connects the VSM to the world of the standard organizational chart. It offers readers a new perspective on corporate functions and their contributions to the organization as a whole. Further, it shows them how the VSM can be used to develop viable organizational structures, following a detailed step-by-step approach. Lastly, it explains the vital processes, behaviors, and attitudes that need to be developed in order to make organizations truly viable.

Readers will find solutions to, and guidelines on, many critical organizational design issues, e.g. designing job profiles; correctly mapping synergistically (“centrally”) operating units in the organizational chart; outsourcing processes; and handling matrix situations; as well as designing and implementing organizational change processes.


Designing organizations Modelling organizations Organizational effectiveness Diagnosing organizations Organizational structures Managerial effectiveness Viable System Model Stafford Beer System theory Cybernetics Complexity management VSM organizations

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Lassl
    • 1
  1. 1.Pure Management GroupViennaAustria

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