A Case Study of the Use of the Viable System Model in the Organization of Software Development

A Case Study of the Use of the Viable System Model in the Organization of Software Development

Peter Kawalek (Manchester Business School, UK) and David Wastell (University of Salford, UK)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-41-9.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter considers the usefulness of the Viable System Model (VSM) in the study of organizational adaptation. The VSM is a rigorous organizational model that was developed from the study of cybernetics and has been given considerable attention by management science research. The chapter presents a longitudinal case study that focuses upon a software development team. The VSM was useful in diagnosing the likely consequences of different organizational designs and in prescribing an alternative solution.

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