A Framework for Thinking in General – Part 3: Organicism

In the last two posts we looked at two of Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses. Formism helps simplify the world by grouping objects into categories but does not explain how things work. Mechanism explains the world in terms of parts that mesh together like the gears in a machine. The idea that everything can be described […]

A Framework for Thinking in General – Part 2: Mechanism

In the last post we looked at formism, the first in this series about Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses, a sweeping framework for ways in which we view things around us. The formist view categorises objects into groups so that we can respond to them quickly and efficiently, i.e. as a way to simplify a complicated […]

A Framework for Thinking in General – Part 1: Formism

The way we see ourselves in the organisational context is influenced by our motivation, which could be a combination of the following: to describe what we see, to explain what we see, to achieve an outcome or to act in accordance with our ethical orientation. In this series of posts let’s look at how this […]

Perspectives on thinking about alignment

When we think of organisations, what comes to mind is the image of a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine humming smoothly to deliver products and services to customers. But our experience of organisations can sometimes feel like the croquet game in Alice in Wonderland with people doing their own thing, and often despite the best of intentions […]