The Organizational Chart and the VSM: How Does One Get from One to the Other?
One of the most intricate and yet not entirely resolved questions regarding the VSM is its conceptual relationship to the organizational chart. This chapter tries to shed light on this fundamental question. It clarifies firstly, the function of the organizational chart and secondly, illustrates how the organizational chart is generated from the VSM. The reader will learn in-depth how the formation of the corporate functions and organizational chart structure causes the fragmentation of the viable systems and leads to the fundamental tension between specialization and the preservation of a holistic perspective on the organization. How should one deal with this polarity? Is a holistic approach already the solution or do “silos” that mark our organizations also have a positive value? One thing is certain: A more nuanced approach is required.
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