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The structure of the iceberg alfonso cornejo

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The structure of the iceberg alfonso cornejo

  1. 1. The Structure of the Iceberg. Chapter of the Book: “La Dirección del Cambio Estructural: Perspectivas para Administrar la Complejidad Organizacional” (The Direction of Structural Change: Perspectives on Managing Organizational Complexity). Alfonso Cornejo. 2013. Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW0IWWQ The Structure of the Iceberg By Alfonso Cornejo Chapter of the Book: “La Dirección del Cambio Estructural: Perspectivas para Administrar la Complejidad Organizacional” (The Direction of Structural Change: Perspectives on Managing Organizational Complexity) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW0IWWQ ________________________________________________________________________________ One of the most recurrent images, when we try to understand the observed reality and search for a logical explanation of its occurrence, is without any doubt the famous and multi mentioned Iceberg Model, the one that says that the observed events (tip of the Iceberg above the water) are provoked by complex phenomena not so easy to understand or infer (biggest Iceberg volume under the water and not visible) This image reflects in a simplified manner what in systems thinking can be translated as observed reality and those structures and patterns, invisible to the naked eye, that generate them. Lately, I have repeatedly used this model during my courses to explain how we should be very careful in searching for those structures that provoke the different behaviors observed in the organization directly. With these audiences I like to reflect how culture offers a rich patterns repertoire, that in many times, consciously or unconsciously, begin to take shape to provide certainty of action, define and establish behaviors and conducts as common paths of action.
  2. 2. The Structure of the Iceberg. Chapter of the Book: “La Dirección del Cambio Estructural: Perspectivas para Administrar la Complejidad Organizacional” (The Direction of Structural Change: Perspectives on Managing Organizational Complexity). Alfonso Cornejo. 2013. Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW0IWWQ I liked working with the Process-Structure Model as a complementary tool to understand the complex range of behaviors and conducts within the organization. Its recursive structure and feedback helps to explain the origin and behavior aftereffect from the variables that cause them. After all, there are too many situations in the organization that are ignored, they are taken for granted as disjointed and disconnected, more by chance or coincidence than by causality. In my courses, where I explain some concepts of managing organizational complexity through different tools, I take support on the Model Structure and Process Iceberg archetype as part of my tooling to facilitate the exchange of views and analysis situations, leading to the identification of relevant patterns and structures. Recently, reflecting on these models, I realized that the two models, the Structure- Process Model and the Iceberg, both have some interesting parallels that previously had not identified directly. My discovery of the common center point between the two models: the patterns. Both models refer to patterns. Patterns of behavior and patterns that generate behavior. Repetitive patterns that govern behavior and largely explain recurring phenomena in organizations. But there is more: both models talk about structures and also show behaviors. It seems that the paradigm that allowed me to not superimpose one image on top of the other was that the figure of the Iceberg is vertical, while the Structure Process Model is horizontal. However, the two models to be complementary, we say, are the same. One is the internal structure and one the external structure.
  3. 3. The Structure of the Iceberg. Chapter of the Book: “La Dirección del Cambio Estructural: Perspectivas para Administrar la Complejidad Organizacional” (The Direction of Structural Change: Perspectives on Managing Organizational Complexity). Alfonso Cornejo. 2013. Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW0IWWQ

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