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How to make a fast diagnosis of a complex organization with Organizational Cybernetics? Framework and Tools.

May 11, 2022


In this presentation, we will comment on using a framework to help quickly diagnose any organization’s viability or provide the guidelines for its design. We will describe some specific tools and software that may help in those tasks with some examples.

Prof. Jose Perez-Rios

Jose Perez Rios is a Full Professor of Business Organization. He has been Director of International Relations (2000-2006) at the University of Valladolid (Spain). He has also been the Technical Director of the HORIZONTE-2000 project, and Founder and Director of the IBERFORA Project (sponsored by the BSCH) at the University of Valladolid.  His research is focused on applying system dynamics and organizational cybernetics to the study of complex systems and the development of software tools that can facilitate the application of different systemic approaches and knowledge capture, communications, and information exchange. He has also been responsible for the creation of the VSMod® software (to facilitate the application of the Organizational Cybernetics and the Viable System Model).

He has worked on multiple national and international research projects. He has more than 80 publications in national and international journals and congresses, and five books, including “Diseño y diagnóstico de Organizaciones viables” (Iberfora2000, 2008) and “Design and Diagnosis for Sustainable Organizations. The Viable System Method” (Springer, 2012). Honorary distinctions: “The Kybernetes Research Award” (2006) awarded by the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), “Outstanding reviewer” for the journal Kybernetes and the “Honorary HSSS Award as Distinguished Scientist” (2007) by the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS). He is also a Fellow of the HSSS, a member of the Board of Directors of the WOSC (World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics), and Academician of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS).

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