To complement the words yesterday, I’m adding a diagram that I hope illustrates how the disciplines link to one another.
First I introduce the idea that there different kinds of operating environments – there is the internal environment, which organizations have a lot of control over; there’s the transactional environment, which organizations have some control over; and there’s the contextual environment, which organizations have least control over.
On that, I overlay the disciplines:
In the zone of internal environment, organizational studies is useful to learn about how decisions are made;
In the zone of transactional environment, complexity and systems dynamics are useful to learn about the relationships between things;
In the zone of the contextual environment, futures is useful to think about how to respond to potential events.
On top of that, I have the words, SPACE, RELATIONSHIPS and TIME. I adapt this from Ronfeldt’s ruminations about Space Time and Action. Organizations are centralized entities internally oriented in SPATIAL terms; the transactional environment is all about the RELATIONSHIPS between entities, functions, and actions; the contextual environment is about an orientation towards TIME.