Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 197–210 | Cite as

Tease of the Perfect University: Mis/matching Systemic Elements and their Effect on Organisational Dynamics

  • Blane DesprésEmail author
Original Paper


This paper discusses organisational dynamics in the context of the perceptions of faculty, staff and administrators in response to the Okanagan University College forced transition to the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Analysis employed a theoretical model entitled the Family of Related Systemic Elements (FoRSE) matrix that exposes the systemic properties of a problem (In the original presentation of the findings in this paper at the AERA, the matrix was entitled, “Systemic Factors Inventory Analysis matrix, or SyFIA.” The matrix continues to be refined, including changing its name and acronym.) The initial findings here suggest that in order for organisations to achieve a sustained higher level or degree of improvement they need to ensure greater accord between its systemic elements.


Systemic thinking Organisational change Learning organisation Systemic analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of British Columbia OkanaganKelownaCanada

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