Article: Comparing Recursive Organizational Dynamics to Spiral Dynamics

There are remarkable correlations and convergences between Recursive Organizational Dynamics (ROD) and traditional Spiral Dynamics (SD). Both systems describe the world and relationships in terms of eight core modalities. Although their social applications often have a different focus, and they each use their own idiosyncratic jargon, they nonetheless explain their stages in essentially the same way. When blended together, they highlight a trove of unlikely coincidences and offer interesting insights into the 2016 US presidential election.

DIssertation: Recursive Organizational Dynamics: A Novel Approach To Organization Design

It is ironic that while the vagaries of legal history granted corporations all the rights and privileges of real flesh-and-blood citizens, they are still frequently organized around the mechanistic command-and-control structures in vogue a century ago (Wheatley, 2006). And while the public becomes ever more enraged by the seemingly cynical abuses of a corporate elite hiding behind these assumed rights, it is clear that in a fluid, globalized economy, such rigid and outmoded organizational structures are inadequate in the area that is truly the corporate domain, i.e. the marketplace (Senge P. M., 1999; Capra, 2010). In order to address the suggested operational shortcomings of the modern company, there is a growing cadre of researchers and consultants who have realized that the body corporate is better described by a more organic model of organization. These researchers include Margaret Wheatley, Peter Senge, and Arie De Geus. In order to illuminate new approaches these authors show repeated allusions and allegories to biological systems and even comparisons to the strange world of quantum mechanics. In these modern perspectives, instead of a Newtonian production-oriented collection of individuals and discrete events, the corporation is viewed as an energetic creation-oriented web of relationships (Senge P. M., 1999; Wheatley, 2006; Wolfe, 2011). This is the concept of a living organization, where ‘living’ refers to the way it communicates, evolves and creates, and not to its legal status with respect to the legislative apparatus. The presented research introduces a novel method of rational and consistent explanation for how the complex web of organizational relationships follow, and can be characterized by, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the orderly functioning of the natural world. A formal model is presented that connects the concepts of organic organization with a structured means of design.