ESSENTIAL BALANCES is about understanding how organizations work, for diagnosis and design, below and beyond models, metrics, and methodologies. It reveals the fundamental principles of organizing for organisms, organizations, and society.

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Book Contents

Foreword by Luc Hoebeke
    Glasses and habits instead
    The Three Essential Balances
    Who is this book for?
    How is this book written?

1. Autonomy and Cohesion
    From plants to organizations
    Autonomy in organizations
    Capacity, Decisions, and Adaptability
    Factors and Tools for Cohesion
    Nested Autonomy–Cohesion balances

2. Stability and Diversity
    Stability . . .
    . . . and Diversity
    When Stability is bad
    When is Diversity bad?

3. Exploration and Exploitation
    Allocation of resources
    A broader understanding
    Seeing Exploration
    Exploration and Exploitation in space
    Exploration and Exploitation in time
    Enabling Exploration
    Looking at yourself looking at something

4. Stimuli and Responses
    Melons, lemons, and cherries
    It’s everywhere
    A closer look
    The Essential Balances seen as variety balance
    Requisite Inefficiency

5. Productive Paradoxes



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