Different types of systems require different frameworks for analysis and (re)design.
The Biomatrix Development Programmes use the following frameworks:
1. Issue framework: This framework is used for identifying co-factors in general and / or associated with stakeholders and / or dimensions, as well as considering levels (outer, inner and self). The different types of co-factors can be used in various combinations to give a quick overview of an issue (e.g. what co-produced an accident, a poor performance, what dimensions need to be considered in the new project). This is a useful technique for unpacking operational issues.
2.Activity system framework: This frameworkis based on the seven forces of system organisation and is used for project, functional, business process and supply chain (re)design, including industry redesign.
3.Entity system framework: This framework is also based on the seven forces of system organisation (albeit with different emphasis) and is used for organisational (re)design and transformation, as well as structuring and managing private and public sector partnerships and governance bodies.
4.Multi-dimensional and multi-level framework: This framework can be used to gain an overview over complex issues in the public domain (e.g. poverty, unemployment, crime, finance crisis, climate change), as well as for brainstorming ideas for public policy (re)design (e.g. of education, transport or health systems). It is also useful for structuring and facilitating public debates in the media to contextualise the various arguments presented by the panellists and commenting experts.
We believe that one of the reasons why problems persist in organisations and why humanity’s perplexing problems are not (dis)solved is because inappropriate (if any) frameworks are used.
relevance for the change manager
A framework structures information and contextualises ideas. The more comprehensive the framework, the more complete will be the information it elicits.
The graphic depiction of the frameworks facilitates intuitive understanding of the complexity if the issue or system under consideration and enhances stakeholder participation in system analysis and (re)design.