Enterprise Tools and Approaches
The Fourth Metaphorum Conference

Liverpool John Moores Univesity May 4th-5th 2006

Conference Co-ordinator: Prof. Maurice Yolles (M.Yolles@ljmu.ac.uk)

Conference Link: Doug Haynes (D.L.Haynes@ljmu.ac.uk)

Registration Form for Booking and accomodation.


Room G.01 (Ground floor room 01), John Foster Building, JMU, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5UZ. Map. The entrance is opposite the Feathers Hotel (and very close to the Metropolitan Cathedral - known as Paddy's Wigwam!)

List of attendees

4th MayChair: M Yolles
11.00Keynote: Raul EspejoReflections upon an Organisation's Boundary and Identity
11.50CoffeeChair: D Haynes
12.00Jane SearlesUsing POSD with VSM in the probation service
12.30Luc Hoebeke VSM as an action research framework in whole systems innovations
13.00LunchChair: A Espinosa
14.00Angela Burton/Doug Haynes Designing a Diagnostic Awareness Chart: creating a chart to focus on business improvement issues for operational managers in a housing context
14.30Kaijun Guo et al Organisational Fitness: from the Viable Systems Model to Organisational Patterning
15.00Allenna Leonard Boundaries and Thresholds: Using the Viable System Model and Team Syntegrity to Explore Distinctions
15.30CoffeeChair: A.Moscardini
16.00Leonid OtotskyStafford Beer and Viable Systems in the XXI Century
16.30Stefan Wasilewski A work in progress: An application inspired by S Beer
17.00José Pérez RíosInformation and Communication Technologies and Organizational Cybernetics
19.30Conference Dinner:The Valpiriso 4, Hardman Street, Liverpool L1 9AX. Map: Printable .doc
5th MayChair: P Stokes
10.00Keynote: Patrick Hoverstadt Applying the Chasm Technology Adoption Lifecycle Model to the VSM & VSM Methodology
Chair: M Yolles
11.00Invited talk: Neil StewartViability and the Synthetic Dyestuffs Industry
11.30CoffeeChair: M Yolles
12.00Rod ThomasNavigating those unfathomable waters: charting management cybernetics onto ordinary language philosophy
12.30Ralf-Eckhard TürkeViability of a rural community in Mozambique
13.00LunchChair: R Espejo
14.00Tony Bryant The Lessons of Open Source - Participation, Inclusion, Empowerment
14.30Steve Wright Humour & The Cybernetics Of Popular Arms Control
15.00 - 17.00Round TableR Espejo, P. Hoverstadt, M. Yolles: Enterprise Tools and Approaches ... development

Programme in Excel .xls format

Printable Programme in .doc format

Abstracts (.doc)

Conference Interest

The interest of this conference is to look towards the application and development of a set of conceptual tools and approaches that can be used to explore, diagnose, and/or enable intervention into social and organisational behaviour, coherences, pathologies, and processes of change and improvement. Such tools and approaches will include a variety of methods and methodologies that are in some way in touch with management cybernetics.

The approach is to be inclusive, interpreting enterprise in the broadest way, and embracing both societal scale social collectives and individuals, and from small to large scale private, public and voluntary sector organisations. There will be a general focus on viability and sustainability. Papers will be encouraged that cover the interests of both theorists and pragmatists: "'Theory in Practice' and 'Practice in Theory'". Output from the first of these might inform a continuing agenda for enterprise tools development, while the second might inform a continuing publicising of success stories. A critical approach is also encouraged in which, for instance, an application story is offered that illustrates theoretical and application strengths and inadequacies

Terms of reference

The Conference seeks to take forward the Metaphorum agenda of developing Stafford Beer's legacy in Management Cybernetics, and in doing so elaborate and enrich the content of its website Tools pages.

Appropriate papers will be selected for a special issue of the journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change.