The Fitting Enterprise.A Model of Sustainability and Persistence Peter L. BondFounderLearning Futures ConsultingWirral, UK...
Complex or nonlinear systems (Maturana and Varela/Kauffman) The Fitting EnterprisePersistent PlayersSupracritical netw...
Complexity is NOT a number phenomenon                          THIS IS A COMPLEX SYSTEM
Supracritical SystemInherently unstableUnpredictable behaviourUncertain outcomeAttenuated by production/presenceof subcrit...
The Fitting EnterpriseInterest in alternative regional economic development models   Sustainable development of new enterp...
Persistent PlayersConservation of the organism implies conservation of its niche
Persistent Players Conservation of the organism implies conservation of its nicheRelationship is material                 ...
Persistent Players Conservation of the organism implies conservation of its nicheRelationship is material                 ...
Persistent Playersenterprise          activity        established   locationThe Firmin Group    Supply          1677      ...
Persistent Players      Does conservation of an enterprise imply conservation of its niche? Niche construction theory (evo...
Persistent Players           enterprise                   culture                        Supracritical                    ...
Supracritical networks of conversation and becoming a                   Persistent Player                     PERSISTENT  ...
Network size and the Social Brain Hypothesis (SBH)SBH (Robin Dunbar) —correlation between (primate) brain size and maximum...
Dunbar’s Numbers?                        7-20-35-70-100-150                                                 MaxFamily and ...
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NB. You should download this file to see all the slide transitions. Given at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference in Sheffield, UK, 2011. Represents a complex systems approach to sustainable economic development and introduces the concepts of the Fitting Enterprise and Persistent (SME) Players. It also introduces the use of the social brain hypothesis to SME research. This links goup size with brain size... read on. Contact me for more info.

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Fitting Enterprises and Persistent Players

  1. 1. The Fitting Enterprise.A Model of Sustainability and Persistence Peter L. BondFounderLearning Futures ConsultingWirral, UK. An invitation to engage in a conversation with me about a complex (non-linear) systems theory and model of enterprise development  
  2. 2. Complex or nonlinear systems (Maturana and Varela/Kauffman) The Fitting EnterprisePersistent PlayersSupracritical networks of conversationNiche construction theorySocial Brain Hypothesis relating to group sizeResearch?
  3. 3. Complexity is NOT a number phenomenon   THIS IS A COMPLEX SYSTEM
  4. 4. Supracritical SystemInherently unstableUnpredictable behaviourUncertain outcomeAttenuated by production/presenceof subcritical (sub)systems Subcritical System? Subcritical System?
  5. 5. The Fitting EnterpriseInterest in alternative regional economic development models Sustainable development of new enterprises based on  local production and consumption. 
  6. 6. Persistent PlayersConservation of the organism implies conservation of its niche
  7. 7. Persistent Players Conservation of the organism implies conservation of its nicheRelationship is material Conservation mechanism is exchange of material/ energy organism niche Organism-medium (or environment) system
  8. 8. Persistent Players Conservation of the organism implies conservation of its nicheRelationship is material Conservation mechanism is exchange of material/ energy organism niche Organism-medium (or environment) system
  9. 9. Persistent Playersenterprise activity established locationThe Firmin Group Supply  1677 West Midlands military  uniforms and  sundriesR.S. Clare Lubricants  1748 Merseyside and other  surface  treatmentsHeap and Partners Making and  1866 Merseyside distribution of  industrial  valves NOTHING IN  COMMON EXCEPT SIZE??? stabilise at ca 60-100 employees
  10. 10. Persistent Players Does conservation of an enterprise imply conservation of its niche? Niche construction theory (evolutionary biology)  Culture is the result of an suggests the human niche is CULTURE.  accumulation of practices Relationship is based on with and without objects exchange/transformation/ OR is an  consumption of practices, ecology of solutions-in-practice IDEAS for solutions(?) Conservation mechanism is CONVERSATION enterprise cultureConversations can Conserve and  CONVERSATION is disrupt and disintegrate NOTsystems communication it’s  COORDINATION enterprise- culture  system
  11. 11. Persistent Players enterprise culture Supracritical conversation QUESTION.  Is the PERSISTENT PLAYER The subcritical (sub) system? If so, what is the (supracritical ) system?
  12. 12. Supracritical networks of conversation and becoming a Persistent Player PERSISTENT PLAYER
  13. 13. Network size and the Social Brain Hypothesis (SBH)SBH (Robin Dunbar) —correlation between (primate) brain size and maximum social network/group sizeHomo sapiens MAX group/social network size is ca150Hypothesis —language/conversation mechanism for maintaining relationshipsand group/network coherence but there is a limit to its effectiveness even with FBkHypothesis—conversational networks can go supracriticalHypothesis—Persistent Players persist because they are part of a coherent socialnetwork of not more than ca150 and they form the subcritical systemHOWEVER—they appear to persist at around the 70-100 employeesMOREOVER—SBH pattern of social network stability points 7-20-35-70-100-150-
  14. 14. Dunbar’s Numbers? 7-20-35-70-100-150 MaxFamily and Social NetworkSympathy groups Persistent size Obstacle to Players SME growth (Christos Kalantaridis Bradford MS)  

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