The Orgtology Body of Knowledge, or OBoK, has the task to keep and uphold all the theories, systems, dynamics, models, tools, and concepts that we create in orgtology. In so, we base the practice of orgtology entirely on the OBoK.
In orgtology we study a theoretical model that uses one hypothesis, which in turn joins eight core theories. We group these theories under two arms, which are orgamatics and organamics. To bring these theories to life, we must create systems and stimulate dynamics. This will bring about models, which has tools and concepts. To practice the theory sets of each arm, orgtology gives a "toolbox", which links theory to practice. I describe the theories of the OBoK in the blog articles: "What is Orgamatics?" and "What is Organamics?". Below is a diagram that shows the OBoK flow...
It is not the aim of this post to explain the theories, systems, and dynamics of orgtology. I do that in other blog articles. In this write-up, I aim to explain what we mean by "theories"; "systematics"; "dynamics"; "models"; "tools"; and "concepts".
This is a set of assumptions that create a system of ideas, which aims to explain something. It is a scientific approach where we test the practical application of the orgtology theories within organisations. An Orgtologist will apply these theories through training sessions; consulting work; coaching; team development; mentorship; or other means. This practical application is explained in a myriad of blog articles. The eight theories of orgtology create a set of principles on which we base the practice of orgamatics and organamics. The former is a study of workplace systems, and the latter of workplace dynamics. In orgamatics we have theories on work, results, and orgtelligence. In organamics we have theories on leadership, team dynamics, and intrapersonal effectiveness.
In Orgtology, the "workplace systematics" of Org[i] are concerned with the behaviour and movement of repetitive and non-repetitive activity. In other words, we study workplace systems. The name of this study is orgamatics. Here we work with three systems, namely: the resource-; the orgtelligence-; and the relationship- systems. Each system will cluster its own organisational functionality such as supply chain management, performance assessment, strategy, risk, marketing, sales, etc. Through systematics we aim to grasp processes and projects, efficiency and effectiveness, implied and tacit intelligence, and what it takes to be a RPO (relevant and performing organisation).
[i] In Orgamatics, "ORG" is an abbreviation for the word "organisation".
In Orgtology "workplace dynamics" is a study of the forces and properties within humans, which stimulate growth, development, and change within Org. Unlike "systematics", the variables of "dynamics" are not known. In so, a lot of our work here is contextual and based on perception. To study the dynamics of Org we must grasp intelligence, paradigm, identity, and what it takes to be a RPI (relevant and performing individual).
This is a representation of the structure of a theory in whole, or in part. In orgtology, we grasp our theories through orgamatics and organamics. These respectively become the study of workplace systems and its dynamics. To make all this practical, we create models within the fields that we study. These models give structure to a set of assumptions, which we can replicate and imitate. In turn, our models will bring about tools and concepts, which we then use to apply our theories.
In orgtology a tool is a predesigned and defined method that we use to apply a model or part thereof. E.g., the 5V Model helps us to develop strategy. In it we have the 5V statements and V4 targets. These are tools that help us to implement the 5V Model. Tools are generic to a task, and we design them for a specific function. Also, tools are not academic in nature, but rather they are methods that we use to apply theory.
To us, a concept is an idea that has a specific relation to orgtology, orgamatics, or organamics. Its aim is to help us grasp the tools that we use when we apply orgtology models. In so, a system is a systematic concept.
Our "toolbox" is a conceptual container of all the tools that we use in orgtology. Whenever we apply a theory or implement a model, we use "tools". In so, a toolbox is what enables us to help "rubber meet the road".
The theories, systems, dynamics, models, tools, and concepts given in the OBoK are mostly complex and abstract to grasp. If you need to grasp the OBoK at a deeper level, we suggest that you enrol for the IOI online programme. You will find more details on the IOI web site; www.orgtology.org, or click on the link below...
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