Not much happening – did submit a paper (with Liz Johnson) to European Journal of Operational Research: Response to a Challenge: Using Integrative Propositional Analysis to Understand and Integrate Four Theories of Social Power Systems.
ABSTRACT: In a recent publication, Gerhard Fink (2017) describes and discusses power systems in societal organizations – including totalitarian, bureaucratic, command and control, as well as Deming’s views on cooperative management. Intriguingly, Fink identified differences and similarities between those systems as a potential pathway to understand them. Along the way, he also presented a challenge – that Integrative Propositional Analysis (IPA) might prove helpful for evaluating, integrating, and improving theories of social power structures in organizations. With the improved understanding of the dynamics within those systems, we would be able to engage in more effective strategic planning thus supporting improved decision making and advancing the sustainability of organizations. The present paper accepts that challenge by introducing IPA to support Operational Research (OR) and serve as a science accelerator by objectively and rigorously analyzing the theory of each social power system, integrating those theories, and identifying directions for improving theories for advancing computer modeling.
Along the way, it was interesting to discover a new path to improving theories. We created a map of the theories – based on their presentation in the original publication by Gerhard. Then, sent a map to Gerhard to see if we missed anything. He agreed that we did a good job of analyzing his text. Then, something interesting happened. He added new information – arrows indicating causal connections between concepts on the map. With mapping, it was easy to increase the explanatory capacity and the potential usefulness of the theories!
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Steven E. Wallis, Ph.D.
Fulbright Specialist – Consulting on strategy, theory, and policy
Meaningful Evidence, LLC