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SCiO Viable System Model – Beginners (SC101) - Summer 2019

SCiO - Systems and Complexity in Organisation

Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
SCiO members 28 Jul 2019 £40.00 £0.00
Open University students 28 Jul 2019 £40.00 £0.00
Public 28 Jul 2019 £100.00 £0.00

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This is a whole day workshop designed for those relatively new to VSM and provides basic training in building a Model of an organisation using VSM.

The attendees work together in groups to develop their model of a case study organisation and to diagnose weaknesses. The workshop follows a structured approach, with a series of steps that take the groups through a modelling process in (relatively!) easy stages.

The case study is based on a real organisation - a medium sized IT and office supplies company and provides a platform for developing the skills needed to take normal organisational information, show how that relates to the VSM and how the VSM can provide a set of new insights into the company.

The workshop will be run by Patrick Hoverstadt of Fractal Consulting.



The workshop is open to members and non-members of SCiO. The fee for SCiO members and Open University students is £40 and for all others is £100 (membership of SCiO is currently £30 - ). Places are limited, so please book early. Please book through EventBrite.



GreenNet, The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA.

The building is an 8 min walk north from Bethnal Green underground station (Central Line) and also opposite Cambridge Heath overground station (6 min out of Liverpool Street – train every 15 min)


9.30am for a prompt 10am start. Finishing at 5pm.

There will be a break for lunch (bring your own, or some eating and food places are near by).

Do you have questions about SCiO Viable System Model – Beginners (SC101) - Summer 2019? Contact SCiO - Systems and Complexity in Organisation

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GreenNet, The Green House,
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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SCiO - Systems and Complexity in Organisation

SCiO is a group for systems practitioners and is based in the UK, but has members internationally.

Two of the features that distinguish SCiO from other systems groups are that it is focused primarily on systems practice and practitioners rather than on pure theory and that it is focused on systems practice applied to issues of organisation.

It has three main objectives:
Developing practice in applying systems ideas to a range of organisational issues.
Disseminating the use of systems approaches in dealing with organisational issues.
Supporting practitioners in their professional practice. 
SCiO is a social enterprise and a not for profit organisation which is owned by its members.

Provenance and Purpose.
Created initally by a network of practitioners in the North of England, SCiO acts as an extra channel for disseminating to others their experience of practical applications, education and research in complex problem solving. The name stands for 'Systems and Complexity in Organisation' but can also be thought of as short for the 'Science of Organisation'.

Over the last sixty years the new disciplines of ‘Systems Thinking’ and ‘Managerial Cybernetics’ have emerged. The new thinking started from the consideration of complex problems faced during the Second World War; then later in the 1970’s the same patterns of thinking emerged with the new awareness of the complexity of ecological problems. The ideas developed and spread into other areas of science and in particular into management. In the last thirty years new insights and understanding have developed in the way to approach apparently intractable problems in many areas.

At this time the terms ‘whole systems approach’ and ‘systems thinking’ seem to be appearing more frequently in published policy documents and guidance on best practice in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, such as in the UK National Health Service; in documents on public health, sustainable communities, in education, in considerations of the environment, and in corporate governance.

The members of SCiO believe that the use of systems thinking and managerial cybernetics can have major impacts on the well-being of our communities, and our business and social organisations.

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