Companies that mimic living systems out-perform mechanistic ones

The Nature of Business

Companies that mimic living systems have been gaining market share over more traditionally managed firms, which generally model themselves on mechanical systems.

Firms that mimic living systems have an existential awareness that they are living communities of people, committed to serving other people, and that they all depend on Nature for their sustenance. This fundamental recognition creates spontaneous demands within the firm to live harmoniously and respectfully with the larger living systems on which we all depend (biosphere, society, markets).

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SoL (a leading business management organisation that explores the connection between organisational learning precepts and business success) published ‘Profit for Life’ a few years back by Jay Bragdon.  Since this publication, SoL has been researching and tracking how certain organisations (ones that mimic living systems) perform against other more traditional organisations (mechanistic, short-term profit maximising, capital-centric organisations).  In essence, this research explores the business paradigm of machine versus living,  or…

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