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Patrick Hoverstadt

Patrick Hoverstadt
Fractal Ltd.

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November 1994 - present
Fractal
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  • Managing Director
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  • Over 250 Systems projects in over 80 organisation in 17 countries

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The Grammar of Systems If you feel as though the world has become more complex, you are not alone. There is a growing realisation of the need to deal with the complexity, uncertainty and speed of change of our world. These systemic factors increase the challenge for all of us and expose some traditional approaches which are unable to handle those...
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Purpose This paper aims to look at the problems of measuring the performance of business strategy. The authors look at the problem using two classical performance management paradigms and suggest a third approach which treats strategy as a stochastic network of actors and manoeuvres between those actors. Design/methodology/approach This has been d...
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The Viable System Model (VSM) is a conceptual model which is built from the axioms, principles, and laws of viable organisation. It is concerned with the dynamic structure that determines the adaptive connectivity of the parts of the organisation or organism; what it is that enables it to adapt and survive in a changing environment. It can be used...
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In this paper we argue that the Patterns of Strategy (PoS) approach addresses the ‘strategy execution gap’ in three ways. First, a systemic paradigm provides an understanding both of why conventional strategy fails so often and how this undermines implementation. Second, speeding up the strategic decision-action cycle reduces the chances the enviro...
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In this paper we argue that the Patterns of Strategy (PoS) approach [1] addresses the 'strategy execution gap' in three ways. First, a systemic paradigm provides an understanding both of why conventional strategy fails so often and how this undermines implementation. Second, speeding up the strategic decision-action cycle reduces the chances the en...
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Patterns of Strategy is a revolutionary approach to developing business strategy that shows how the strategic fit between organisations drives their strategic direction. It is essential reading for those who wish to understand how to manoeuvre their organisation to change its strategic fit and play it to their advantage. Although traditional appro...
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Overview There is fairly consistent survey evidence that current approaches to strategy development fail to deliver the planned strategic change in the majority of cases and we argue this shows they are intrinsically broken. There is a trend in the strategy literature and amongst strategists to blame this failure not on strategy itself, which could...
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This paper looks at the relationship between organisational values and performance management approaches, with specific reference to Graves' model of values. We look at the effect cultural values have on the selection, design and adoption of different performance management approaches as well as the effect that performance management can have in ch...
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This paper looks at the role of performance measurement in linking:  strategy,  the business environment it seeks to affect,  the organisation enacting the strategy  organisational changes to be able to enact the strategy. We argue that provision of information about these four elements and the links between them, expressed as performance measu...
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This paper looks at the problems of measuring the performance of business strategy. We look at the problem using two classical performance management paradigms and suggest a third approach which treats strategy as a stochastic network of actors and manoeuvres between those actors. This has been developed using action research in a number of strateg...
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This paper takes a systemic perspective on agility in organisation design. Starting with Beer's Viable System Model as an organisation design framework that describes the architecture for designing agility, we then look at measuring and building organisational agility. We explain the formula we developed for measuring agility and its application to...
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This chapter discusses why business leaders should take EA more seriously as a truly strategic discipline. The author argues that to manage a complex enterprise you must understand how it functions, and to understand it an adequate model designed for the purpose is needed. Also, you must have the right information on which to base decisions, and fo...
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This paper looks at the traditional approach in VSM practice of defining the identity of systems by ascribing purpose, looks at some of the conceptual and practical issues this raises and questions where this approach is helpful and where it creates problems for the modeller, especially given the in-built capacity with VSM for modelling systems wit...
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The Viable System Model (VSM) is a conceptual model which is built from the axioms, principles, and laws of viable organisation. It is concerned with the dynamic structure that determines the adaptive connectivity of the parts of the organisation or organism; what it is that enables it to adapt and survive in a changing environment. It can be used...
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Purpose – The paper sets out to apply the concepts of cybernetics and the control of probabilistic systems to the issue of performance measurement within organizations. Design/methodology/approach – Conventional approaches to Performance Measurement have been based on a mechanistic “target‐plan‐variance” model that was introduced into mainstream m...
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This position paper contrasts two paradigms of Performance Management: the traditional, linear & deterministic and the systemic & cybernetic. The Viable Systems Model from the cybernetic paradigm offers a rigorous framework for designing PM structures; in addition it defines the role of management as " opening and closing the strategic gap ". This...
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This article looks at the impact that the viability of organisations that own and manage technological systems has on the sustainability of that technology. Specifically, it looks at the role that organisational viability through time plays in linking technology to its operating environment and stakeholders to ensure sustainability. Using three cas...
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This paper applies systemic organisational models to performance measurement with implications for the design and implementation of performance measurement and management. In particular, systems modelling provides a coherent platform for improving the role of performance measurement in informing decision making and demonstrates the need to design p...
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This paper looks at how the typical problems that beset MEs act as systemic problems, with apparently different factors coming together to create compound problems. These compounded problems in turn present obstacles to growth and threaten the stability and profitability of the company. We argue that the systemic nature of these sorts of problems i...
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The software Viplan learning system is an aid to learn about Beer’s viable system model (VSM) and its application. This is done with the support of the Viplan method. The five activities of this method are explained with examples. First, it offers an approach to understand and discuss organisational identity through analysis of stakeholders. Second...
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In this paper we present a new model for developing strategy and managing its execution. We argue that the current approaches to strategy development when looked at from a systemic perspective are conceptually flawed beyond the commonly discussed problems of implementation. We show how the Patterns of Strategy approach is different from existing ap...

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Developing a strategy war room - integrating our models & methodologies for: strategic foresight (radar), strategy (Patterns of Strategy) Organisation (Viable capability Model) and change (Mosaic Transformation) into a cloud based suite run off large touchscreens for groups with remote collaboration.
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The book is intended to provide a guide to how to think systemically. Its not really about methodologies its about the thinking patterns used in systems thinking.