The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has undergone a radical transformation in response to the Levene Review published in 2010. The Defence Transformation programme has – amongst other changes - delivered a revised operating model for MOD with streamlining of Head Office in Whitehall, greater autonomy for Front Line Commands and the introduction of private-sector expertise across the organisation. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has developed an assessment framework to identify key strengths, weaknesses and uncertainties associated with this new operating model. This framework is based upon a nested application of Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model in order to set system-focused assessments in the context of the wider Defence Enterprise. This presentation will (i) review the implementation of this problem structuring method, (ii) reflect upon the impact of the findings to identify methodological lessons, and (iii) discuss the applicability of this method to other situations.
|Title of host publication||OR56 Annual Conference|
|Publication status||In preparation - 2014|
|Event||The OR Society OR56 Conference - Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Sep 2014 → 11 Sep 2014
|Conference||The OR Society OR56 Conference|
|Period||9/09/14 → 11/09/14|